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NEW ORLEANS – Mayor LaToya Cantrell joined public safety officials to provide the most recent updates in the response to the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel building under construction in the downtown area of the city. Two people are confirmed dead with one other person unaccounted for.
“Search and rescue continue to remain our top priority at this time. 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, and we just want people to pay attention to any advisories that come from the Mayor’s Office of Communications,” said Mayor Cantrell, noting that the business week in the affected areas will have major road closures in the downtown area as well as adjustments to public transportation service.
Affected residents and businesses are asked to remain patient as these closures are required to ensure public safety.