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Deadly Floods Force West Virginia's Greenbrier Resort to Close

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | June 28, 2016

Deadly Floods Force West Virginia's Greenbrier Resort to Close

Photo via Twitter/The Greenbrier.

Devastating floods across West Virginia brought on by once-in-1,000-year rainfall totals have killed more than two dozen people and destroyed countless homes and businesses. 

One of those businesses includes the state's historic Greenbrier Resort, where flooding has prompted officials to close the popular destination indefinitely, USA Today reported.

Owner and CEO Jim Justice told USA Today that officials have yet to determine a timetable on when the resort could reopen. Currently it's being used to provide food and shelter to displaced residents of White Sulphur Springs.

"Everything is damaged," he said. "We have water in the tennis building, in our chapel and our spa and everything."

With water levels on the resort's golf courses reaching their highest mark in more than a century, the PGA Tour has canceled next month's Greenbrier Classic tournament.

Justice told USA Today that three of the resort's four public courses will take approximately a year to restore.

In addition to golf courses, the 11,000-acre resort boasts 710 guestrooms, a handful of restaurants, a mineral spa, a casino and a massive emergency bunker turned tourist attraction.

The last of the resort's guests left Saturday and it remains to be seen when the historic property will reopen for business.


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