The rest of the construction was “very unstable.” There were trapped individuals inside the building. Two people died at the scene, at least one of them was someone who worked in the building. The collapse sent more than 20 people to local hospitals, according to EMS Director Emily Nichols. They are all stable. An urban search-and-rescue team was preparing to sweep the building for any possible bodies or trapped survivors. New Orleans Fire Chief Timothy McConnell called the situation “very dangerous.” “The crane is still in place but it is unsupported and very dangerous. We are in the process of evacuating the buildings in the perimeter,” he said. Authorities are working on stabilizing the building, but it will take a while.
Hard Rock was planning a 350-room hotel. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the uptown side of Bienville Street, the downtown side of Canal Street and lakeside of Burgundy Street as well as additional road and traffic closures spanning further out of the area. „Residents are strongly encouraged to avoid the area until further notice,” LaTonya Norton, a spokeswoman for New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said.