Hur­ri­cane refugees take (free) shel­ter at New Jersey casino

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

AT­LANTIC CITY » People flee­ing Hur­ri­cane Florence are ar­riv­ing at a New Jersey casino whose owner is putting them up for free un­til the storm passes.

At­lantic City’s Ocean Re­sort Casino is tak­ing in people from the south­east whose homes are in dan­ger from the storm, which was pum­mel­ing the Caroli­nas on Fri­day.

The move could cost the casino $250,000 to $300,000 in lost rev­enue, but owner Bruce Deifik says he just wants to help people in need.

Among the first ar­rivals was Jen­nifer Liebelt from

Wilm­ing­ton, North Carolina, a for­mer New Jersey res­i­dent whose fam­ily lost its home in Union Beach dur­ing Su­per­storm Sandy six years ago.

Mimi Razzi left Pawleys Is­land, South Carolina ahead of the hur­ri­cane, and heard about the ho­tel of­fer on the drive north.

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