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US Demolition of New Orleans cranes expected Saturday after weather delay

21:05  19 october  2019
21:05  19 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The implosion of two cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans , which partially collapsed during construction, has been delayed yet again -- at least until Sunday, officials said.

Threats from a tropical storm have delayed the implosion of the two cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans , which partially collapsed during Crews had hoped to take the cranes down Friday evening, but that has been moved to Saturday afternoon, said New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell.

The implosion of two cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, which partially collapsed during construction, was expected Saturday after a delay due to a tropical storm, officials said.

a crane next to a building: Debris hangs on the side of the building after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Several construction workers had to run to safety as the Hard Rock Hotel, which has been under construction for the last several months, came crashing down. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse or if anyone was injured.  (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)© Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate/AP Debris hangs on the side of the building after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Several construction workers had to run to safety as the Hard Rock Hotel, which has been under construction for the last several months, came crashing down. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse or if anyone was injured. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)

The precise time after noon local time was to be determined, the city's emergency preparedness agency said via Twitter.

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Demolition of cranes atop collapsed Hard Rock Hotel delayed after more damage found. A week after the Hard Rock Hotel construction site partially Construction workers look on after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans on Saturday , Oct. 12, 2019.

At a Glance Officials had planned to demolish the cranes by controlled blasts Friday. The cranes were damaged when parts of the Hard Rock Hotel collapsed during construction. Flanking McConnell were Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. They had met with

"We will provide updates with ample notice as soon as possible... Stay away from the area," NOLA Ready tweeted.

Saturday evening's Krewe of Boo event downtown, the city's official Halloween parade, was canceled because of the demolition, officials said.

Crews had hoped to take the cranes down Friday evening, said New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell. "The wind is our biggest problem," he said.

Tropical Storm Nestor was tracking east and has potential to bring 35 mph winds, said Collin Arnold, director of the city's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a state of emergency.

Arnold said officials will need the public's cooperation during the demolition because people will want to watch, but he urged against it.

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If everything had gone according to plan, a former U.S. Post Office next to the partially-collapsed Hard Rock Hotel would’ve begun to come down Thursday.

A crowd gathered Saturday near the Joy Theater’s marquee on Canal Street to learn the precise time when contractors would try to destroy two heavily damaged cranes threatening parts of downtown New Orleans from their perches atop the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel.

"If you are in line of sight of this, you're too close," Arnold said.

Door-knocking and clearing the evacuation area will begin four hours before demolition, McConnell said.

Experts plan to strategically place explosives onto the cranes, hoping the debris lands in a certain area, avoiding major gas and power lines, according to McConnell.

Two bodies remain in the rubble

Portions of the Hard Rock Hotel collapsed last Saturday. More than 100 construction workers were there, according to one of the construction companies.

Video footage showed workers emerging from a giant cloud of dust after the upper floors collapsed and debris filled the street.

At least two people were killed and 30 hospitalized, authorities said. All but one of the injured have been discharged.

a large white building: The construction site of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans.© WDSU The construction site of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans.

Cantrell said Friday she attended the funeral of Anthony Magrette, 49, whose body was removed from the site on Sunday. Cantrell emphasized the importance of finding and removing the two bodies authorities believe are still in the rubble.

Documents and paperwork from the offices of contractors in the hotel have been collected and put in storage as evidence, Cantrell said.

10 injured in the collapse are suing the construction companies

Ten people who were injured sued Thursday.

The lawsuit accuses the construction companies of failing "to take reasonable care in planning, assessing, and monitoring the construction of the collapsed structure." It also claims that "it was apparent that the structural supports at the building were inadequate to support the weight of the concrete slabs on the upper floors."

"The primary goal is to get to the bottom of exactly what happened, and make sure that nothing like this ever happens again," an attorney for the plaintiffs said.

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