City officials in New Orleans (Louisiana state) announced on Thursday, October 17, that two cranes located at the construction site of a collapsed hotel on the 1000 block of Canal Street will be taken down. According to officials, the cranes remain unstable and may be brought down by a potential tropical storm forecast to enter the area by the night (local time) of Friday, October 18. The city has announced mitigation actions in preparation for the controlled demolition of the cranes, including removing vehicles from the immediately adjacent parking garage at 200 N. Rampart Street. Gas services will temporarily be disconnected to buildings on the Uptown side of Canal Street from Elk to Burgundy Streets. Additional shut offs may also occur at nearby buildings. Evacuation and street closures remain in place from Uptown side of Bienville, river side of Basin, Uptown side of Canal, and lake side of Burgundy.
Business and traffic disruptions are expected to continue in the area over the coming days. Updates to the situation can be found on the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) website as well as a map of the evacuation area.
A hotel under construction on Canal Street near the French Quarter partially collapsed on Saturday, October 12. At least two people were killed and another 20 injured in the incident. Officials have been unable to confirm if a third missing person is still alive as of Thursday.
Individuals in New Orleans are advised to avoid the area of the accident, plan alternative routes, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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