Sunday implosion efforts successful

Published: Jul. 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM CDT
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New Orleans, La.- The State of Louisiana and City of New Orleans successfully imploded the Pallas Hotel, removing one of the last buildings remaining on the University Medical Center site.

"Today's implosion of the Pallas Hotel is an important milestone in the development of the University Medical Center and the biomedical corridor. Though it lasted mere seconds, months of planning went in to making the implosion a reality," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Sunday's implosion lasted about 10 seconds with a series charges were used to collapse the structure.

Most of the debris is currently contained in the footprint of the former Pallas Hotel. Contractors will remove the debris over the course of the next several months, as well as recycling what can be recycled.

Approximately 200 residents were evacuated from the area near the implosion site and the state housed 126 residents and six pets in hotels overnight Saturday. In addition, another 14 residents of the Iberville Housing Development were taken out of the area during the implosion by bus.

The all clear was given for residents to return to their homes Sunday afternoon.

Air quality monitoring was conducted before, during and after the implosion, showing the air quality was acceptable. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) had inspected the hotel before hand and given the project the "all-clear" to proceed.

DOTD bridge inspectors surveyed Interstate 10, which was closed Sunday morning, and cleared the bridge to re-open. The Interstate is now reopened in both directions, after light dust was removed.

South Claiborne from Canal to Cleveland will remain closed Sunday as crews work to remove debris from the area. Officials suggest drivers detour on Canal to Galvez.

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