Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 | 4:14 p.m.
The Monte Carlo released this statement Saturday afternoon:
Clark County inspectors have now released the upper floors of Monte Carlo and the process of returning personal belongings to guests whose rooms were located on floors 27 through 32 has begun. Similar to the process for guests on floors 3 through 26, guests will be transported from their new hotels to Monte Carlo to retrieve their personal items.
Monte Carlo employees are now able to return to the hotel to reclaim any personal belongings left in lockers or work stations. Employees should use the regular employee entrance to enter the building. Employees called to work should arrive through that entrance as well.
Nearly all guests in the 2,400 rooms on floor 26 and below have retrieved their personal belongings left during the evacuation. Hotel staff is now in the process of normal cleaning and servicing of these vacant rooms, making them ready to receive guests when Monte Carlo reopens.
The MGM MIRAGE development staff is now assessing damage and determining a plan for reopening the resort. Additional information will be made available as it is appropriate to do so.