UPDATE: NV Energy confirmed that rodents caused the power outage at the Paris hotel on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday night.
The predicament has been evident on the Strip for years: rats are present, but rarely seen.
“The Strip corridor is beautiful... you think about how beautiful it is and what a great place to be, rodents do, too,” said Russell Hedland from Las Vegas Pest Control.
From the restaurants, the hotel rooms, resorts, trash containers and food dropped on sidewalks, the Las Vegas Strip is a rodent's buffet. Rodents congregate where people gather.
Rats are known to chew electrical wires, pipes and drywall, and cause significant damage from outages to flooding.
Since the Strip shut down, experts say the rats migrated to valley neighborhoods.
“Rats still needed to eat. They have been spreading even more. We are getting more resident calls than in my 26 years in the industry. It’s very important for homeowners for be proactive,” Hedland said.
Checking for holes, spaces in walls and any nests in shrubbery are always good preventative measures, including hiring a professional. The damage from rats is much worse than the costs of prevention.
ORIGINAL STORY (OCT. 22): LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas police assisted Clark County Firefighters with evacuations at the Paris hotel and casino.
According to police, officers responded just after 7 p.m. to assist firefighters at the Paris hotel and casino for a reported power outage.
The power was out throughout the resort property, said Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck.
Both police and fire evacuated guest from the casino area. Guests still in their rooms were allowed to shelter in place until power was restored.
Firefighters made six elevators rescues and checked several others to make sure they were clear.
Guests who were rescued from the elevators did not required medical attention, said Chief Steinbeck. A patient was taken to the hospital for breathing issues.
Officials with Caesars Entertainment issued the following statement.
“This evening, Paris Las Vegas experienced a power outage that has since been restored. The health and safety of our guests and team members is a top priority, and we thank the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County Fire Department and NV Energy for their assistance in the matter", said Caesars Entertainment Spokesperson
Power was restored by NV Energy just before 10 p.m.