City reduces evacuation zone following Hard Rock crane demolition

City reduces evacuation zone following Hard Rock crane demolition
New Orleans Officials have reduced the size of the evacuation zone surrounding the Hard Rock construction site following Sunday’s demolition of two cranes. (Source: NOLA Ready)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - New Orleans Officials have reduced the size of the evacuation zone surrounding the Hard Rock construction site following Sunday’s demolition of two cranes.

Officials have announced that residents and businesses outside of the designated evacuation zone can now return. Those who are in the designated red zone are asked to remain evacuated at this time.

Sunday afternoon, crews imploded two cranes left standing following last week’s partial collapse.

Many residents and businesses have been evacuated since the partial collapse last Saturday and have not yet returned. Others were asked to evacuate Sunday morning ahead of the demolition.

The demolition caused windows at some nearby businesses to be blown out.

City officials also reopened the riverbound lanes of Canal Street to vehicle traffic from Claiborne Avenue to Elk Street. Vehicles will still have to turn right on Elk St.

Man areas around the collapse site remain closed to vehicle traffic.

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