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US Cranes remain partially standing after implosion at Hard Rock collapse site

23:05  20 october  2019
23:05  20 october  2019 Source:   wdsu.com

Damaged cranes hampering rescue efforts in partially collapsed New Orleans Hard Rock hotel

  Damaged cranes hampering rescue efforts in partially collapsed New Orleans Hard Rock hotel Rescue crews in New Orleans were still searching for a missing worker in the area where a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino building under construction partially collapsed and expressed concerns about two heavily damaged cranes that were in danger of falling down, officials said Monday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "We're still in rescue mode," said New Orleans Fire Chief Timothy McConnell during a news conference. "Our teams are once again, they're back in the building for the fifth time today.

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NEW ORLEANS — Eight days after the Hard Rock Hotel collapse, two cranes have been imploded at the site.

Both cranes are still partially standing.

The evacuation and exclusion zones are still in effect, according to NOLA Ready.

According to Mayor LaToya Cantrell, all documents, such as papers, maps, blueprints and computers have been removed from the Hard Rock Hotel site and have been secured by OSHA for the investigation.

New crane positioned near unstable New Orleans collapse site

  New crane positioned near unstable New Orleans collapse site A new construction crane has been moved to the New Orleans site where a partially collapsed building and two giant cranes are in danger of toppling after a weekend disaster that killed three workers. It was not immediately clear how it might be used in efforts to stabilize the site. It was not immediately clear how it might be used in efforts to stabilize the site. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was to meet with officials there Thursday and hold an afternoon news conference.

The plan for the explosion is to avoid a major gas line that services the French Quarter and the Central Business District. There is also a major electrical line that services the French Quarter on Iberville Street that must be avoided during the demolition, according to New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell.

Three people died in the collapse. Two bodies remain inside the site, and the National Guard has been brought in to assist in the search and recovery of those victims.

McConnell said 112 people were working inside the building when the 18-story structure began to crumble.

a close up of a map© Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Officials said 30 people were hurt and treated at an area hospital. Eighteen people were taken by emergency medical services to an area hospital, while others went on their own.

Hotel collapse survivor speaks out as new questions arise about potential structural flaws

  Hotel collapse survivor speaks out as new questions arise about potential structural flaws "Somebody needs to be held accountable for it," said steelworker Derrick Pate, whose femur was broken in the New Orleans accident.When the future Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans came crashing down Saturday, the steelworker was buried under tons of rubble on the construction site's eighth floor.

One person remains in the hospital as of Thursday.

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in Orleans Parish following the collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown, which, when coupled with the potential for tropical weather, presents an urgent threat to the city of New Orleans.

The emergency declaration allows the state of Louisiana to provide additional necessary assistance to the city of New Orleans, including contracting with a company planning the controlled demolition of two cranes located inside the Hard Rock Hotel collapse site.

“I am extremely grateful to the mayor’s office, the city of New Orleans, and the incredibly skilled engineers who have taken on this task. As I said yesterday, the state is committed to providing the city with any resources they may need,” Gov. Edwards said. “That’s why today I declared a state of emergency in the City of New Orleans.

Tropical storm warnings for Gulf Coast as system strengthens

  Tropical storm warnings for Gulf Coast as system strengthens  A strengthening weather disturbance moving toward the southern United States with heavy rain and wind is expected to become a tropical storm Friday as it nears the Gulf Coast, forecasters said. © Provided by The Associated Press Workers in a bucket begin the process of planting explosive charges on two unstable cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel, which underwent a partial, major collapse Saturday, Oct. 12, in New Orleans, viewed Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.

"We spent all of yesterday working with the city, the building owner, the contractor and the contractors who will be able to eliminate the threat posed by the two cranes. I will continue to work with the mayor to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect lives and property.”

a large city: Brandon Knox© Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Brandon Knox Evacuation:

The New Orleans Fire Department will order a temporary evacuation for a larger area than the current evacuation zone. The demolition time is not yet finalized; however, the evacuation order will go into effect no earlier than Saturday afternoon. More precise times will be communicated as soon as possible. The New Orleans Fire Department will also go door-to-door Saturday with physical evacuation notices.

The city anticipates the temporary evacuation order to be in place for a few hours but will communicate to the public when it is safe to return. The city will offer a temporary relocation center at the Treme Recreation Center, located at 900 N. Villere St., for evacuated individuals who require a place to go during the temporary evacuation order.

Demolition of New Orleans cranes expected Saturday after weather delay

  Demolition of New Orleans cranes expected Saturday after weather delay 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. © 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.

TEMPORARY EVACUATION ZONE:

All individuals inside the temporary evacuation area must evacuate.

TEMPORARY EXCLUSION ZONE:

All individuals in the temporary exclusion zone must remain indoors. No vehicles or pedestrians will be allowed on the street or outside structures, including on rooftops.

CURRENT EVACUATION ZONE:

Once the explosives operation is complete and the city has determined it is safe, the temporary zones will be shrunken as appropriate. The current evacuation area will likely remain in place however that will be determined after demolition.

What to expect during demolition:

UTILITIES:

In preparation for the controlled demolition of the cranes, the New Orleans Fire Department is requesting services to be shut off in the current evacuation zone. That includes electricity, gas, water, and sewer. Services will be re-connected as soon as it is safe to do so. We thank residents and businesses for their continued patience with these necessary safety precautions.

SOUND:

The public should expect the sound of the detonation of the explosive to be very loud, similar to the sound of a firework. The best way to protect yourself is to stay inside until the event is over. All individuals near the temporary exclusion zone who must be outside, including workers, should wear earplugs. There is a small possibility that windows and other glass in the immediate vicinity of the crane demolition inside the temporary evacuation zone will break.

After delay, New Orleans to demolish cranes at hotel site

  After delay, New Orleans to demolish cranes at hotel site NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After two days of delays, New Orleans officials are hoping to use a series of controlled explosions Sunday to take down two cranes that have been leaning precariously over the remains of a partially collapsed hotel. Officials had originally planned to topple the cranes Friday, then pushed back the demolition to Saturday and then to Sunday when officials said the cranes were more damaged than previously thought. Workers have been going up in a basket to place explosives on the crane and assess the situation."As they got up and got closer they found out some things about it that have changed the way they are going to take it down ...

AIR QUALITY:

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will be monitoring air quality. The crane demolition may create dust. If you have breathing problems and live near the Temporary Exclusion Area, consider wearing protective masks and sealing your doors and windows. You can also reduce dust inside of your home by turning off your A/C until the dust settles. Anyone exposed to dust from the Hard Rock Hotel collapse should monitor their breathing and health. Signs of respiratory issues from dust are sneezing, coughing and eye irritation.

Please remain safe inside and listen to all warnings to stay away from the evacuated area.

Stay Connected:

Text HARDROCK to 888777 for updates directly from the City of New Orleans on the crane demolition. Information will also be shared on ready.nola.gov and on Twitter @nolaready. For questions or concerns, please call 3-1-1.

RTA:

At 3 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, the New Orleans RTA is relocating its temporary central transit hub from RTA headquarters 2817 Canal Street to Duncan Plaza 343 Loyola Avenue.

As the City of New Orleans continues its response to the Hard Rock Hotel building collapse, this temporary solution keeps riders closer to the original transit hub while remaining outside of the evacuation zone.

The RTA will provide onsite operations management and customer service.

The Hard Rock Hotel evacuation zone continues to prohibit RTA transit service to the Elk and Canal hub.

The RTA is working closely with the City of New Orleans and will continue to update riders as new information becomes available.

Hard Rock Hotel: Demolition blasts one crane near French Quarter, other dangles

  Hard Rock Hotel: Demolition blasts one crane near French Quarter, other dangles Engineers detonated two cranes at the site of the Hard Rock Hotel collapse on Sunday.One of the cranes left heavily damaged remained precariously leaning on the side of the building over Canal Street, a major corridor on the edge of the French Quarter. The other flipped top-first off the building on the opposite side and onto nearby Rampart Street, left sticking straight up.

The RTA has implemented these service changes to minimize the burden to its riders while continuing to provide safe, reliable service. These changes will remain in effect until further notice.

Riders will be able to make transfers to buses at Duncan Plaza as they normally would from Elk and Canal. Lines serving the Transit Hub are:

15-Freret, 28-Martin Luther King, 32-Leonidas-Treme, 39-Tulane, 51-St. Bernard-St. Anthony, 52- St.

Bernard-Paris Ave., 57-Franklin, 62-Morrison Express, 63-New Orleans East Owl, 64-Lake Forest Express, 65-Read-Crowder Express, 80-Desire-Louisa, 84-Galvez, 88-St. Claude, 91-Jackson-Esplanade, 100-Algiers Owl, 101-Algiers Point, 102- General Meyer, 106-Aurora, 114-General DeGaulle-Sullen, 115-General DeGaulle-Tullis, 202-Airport Express

Streetcar service changes continue until further notice for the following lines:

Riverfront Streetcar – service suspended along entire streetcar line, RTA is recommending that riders use the 55-Elysian Fields or the 5-Marigny-Bywater in place of the suspended Riverfront Streetcar line.

Rampart- St. Claude Streetcar – service suspended along entire streetcar line.

Canal streetcar-Cemeteries – streetcars will continue to run as normal from Liberty to Cemeteries or City Park, all streetcar service is suspended from Liberty Street to the river. Bus bridges are in place and servicing the suspended portions of the Canal streetcar-Cemeteries line.

Canal streetcar-City Park/Museum – streetcars will continue to run as normal from Liberty to Cemeteries or City Park, all streetcar service is suspended from Liberty Street to the river. Bus bridges are in place and servicing the suspended portions of the Canal streetcar-City Park/Museum streetcar line.

New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel collapse: two cranes demolished at construction site in New Orleans .
Now that two cranes at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans are toppled, crews can begin searching for two bodies that remain in the debris, city officials said Sunday. © 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.

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