DEADWOOD, South Dakota — A surprise October storm that wreaked havoc on the Black Hills took its toll on gambling in Deadwood.
Officials say gambling numbers took a double-digit hit for the month compared to the previous year.
The Black Hills Pioneer reports (http://bit.ly/182amnZ ) that total gross revenues for October 2013 compared to October 2012 were down from $9.4 million to $7.9 million, a decrease of 16.4 percent.
Deadwood Mayor Chuck Turbiville attributes a majority of the decline to the blizzard. He says the town was shut down for five days and "everything came to a sudden halt."
Revenues for the year in Deadwood are down by $2.8 million, or just under 3 percent.
Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com