Streets remain closed to traffic around the Hard Rock Hotel construction site, where the top floors of the under-construction building collapsed on Saturday, October 12. Two people are confirmed dead; 30 were injured, and one person is still missing.
“Search and rescue continues to remain our top priority at this time,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell in a statement. “We want people to heed all traffic precautions that we have put out as we stabilize this area. This is going to be a long process.”
The New Orleans Fire Department reiterated that recovery efforts will be ongoing and that there is a strong possibility of further collapse.
“This is not a short-term event. This is a marathon,” New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Tim McConnell said in a statement. “We ask people to please steer clear of this and let the first responders do their job.”
Affected streets are listed below.
- Conti Street is closed from Dauphine to Basin Street
- Canal Street is closed between Elk Place and Dauphine Street
- Dauphine Street is closed from Common Street to Conti Street
- Common Street is closed from Basin Street to Dauphine Street.
- Canal Street is open both directions between the Mississippi River and Dauphine Street. Drivers traveling lake bound will be required to turn back and use St. Charles Avenue, Magazine Street, and Tchoupitoulas Street to travel Uptown.
A partnership between Hard Rock International and Louisiana developer Kailas Companies, Hard Rock Hotel was planned to have 18 floors, 350 hotel rooms, and 62 residential units. In 2013, Praveen Kailas pleaded guilty to over-billing the Road Home program and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. The cause for the collapse of the structure’s upper six floors remains under investigation.