SCHENECTADY - Sunday afternoon's storm sent water rushing through the outdoor smoking patio at Rivers Casino in Schenectady.
Video of the rushing water was posted to Facebook by Queensbury resident Louis Carciobolo and had been shared an estimated 2,400 times and counting by early evening.
In the video, water could be seen rushing through the area. A man could also be seen helping a woman across the torrent.
The source of the water could not be seen.
Information available at the scene later confirmed about half of the casino's outdoor smoking patio, which contains slot machines, had been blocked off. Machines in the area continued to be on. There was no visible damage.
The open portion of the lounge remained packed.
Carciobolo could not be reached for comment on the video and what he saw. But, in comments made to the video, Carciobolo called it a "crazy storm" and "like a hurricane."
"It’s crazy here, the wind blew the tent pole through the lobby window," Carciobolo wrote.
Rivers Casino General Manager Justin Moore confirmed the incident Sunday evening. The water came from a clogged storm drain pipe and exited quickly through holes under the wall.
"It was a lot more water than we normally would see at once," Moore said. "It was a very strong storm."
As far as damage, the machines themselves were undamaged. Officials plan to get a closer look at their bases Monday to inspect for damage there. He also noted the tent that blew through the lobby window.
The tent had been set up for a wedding held Saturday, officials said. It had been due to come down Monday, but was instead torn in half and hit the window.
The inside of the casino sustained no damage and power remained on throughout, officials said.
Louis Carciobolo's video, as seen on Facebook:
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