Saipan Vegas Resort joins Yutu relief efforts

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The Saipan Vegas Resort has joined the list of those who has offered its help in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu.

In the spirit of recovery, the Saipan Vegas Resort has opened its well to those still in need of non-drinking water post-Super Typhoon Yutu.

According to Mariana Entertainment LLC consultant Gus Noble, since the Saipan Vegas Resort’s golf course has its own deep well for irrigation purposes, “we were able to work with the government, Bureau of Environment and Coastal Quality, to provide non-drinking water to the public.”

Noble said that Saipan Vegas Resort’s deep well is open to the public every afternoon from 1pm to 4pm and will remain open until the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. gets water completely up and running.

“We are happy to provide that as part of our help to the community,” he said.

Noble reported that many have already visited Saipan Vegas Resort to obtain water since they opened their well to the public.

“Although CUC is starting to come online now—they have been doing an amazing job—we still have a lot of people coming in everyday to get water,” he said.

Aside from offering non-potable water, Saipan Vegas Resort has also helped its own staff, providing them with a little care package that contained some relief goods, dry goods and some candies for the children.

“One of the things we are very proud of is…that we are a 100-percent local and U.S. worker employer and we really value our employees…We provided everyone with [care packages] for every single employee we have [to] give a little bit of help in this difficult time,” said Noble.

Saipan Vegas Resort itself sustained major damage as a result of Super Typhoon Yutu but it was able to bounce back almost immediately.

“The second story of the building got pretty beaten up but the building itself is a really strong concrete building…We lost seven rooms but that was only because the rooms were so strong…it didn’t break the windows, it pushed them out of the frames…Within two weeks, we were able to get all those rooms back up…We were able to recover from the typhoon fairly quickly,” he said.

“With our own generator and our own water supply…we actually never shut down during or after the typhoon” he added.

Saipan Vegas Resort offers a local discount of only $40 a night and is open to those seeking emergency accommodation. Residents must provide a locally issued ID upon check in.

“We’re a good alternative and we will maintain that very affordable price,” said Noble.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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