NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A portion of a wharf behind Mardi Gras World collapsed into the Mississippi River Monday night after a tugboat lost steering and pushed four barges into the structure, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.
The incident happened at about 6:45 p.m. at 1380 Port of New Orleans Place near Mardi Gras World.
Chief Tim McConnell said there is significant damage to the wharf and some damage to an adjacent building after the collision involving the tugboat Steve Richoux. It is not known why the vessel lost steering.
The accident happened near where the inaugural ball of Mayor LaToya Cantrell was being held.
There were no injuries and no river pollution was reported. The collision did not affect river traffic and the river remains open.
Mardi Gras World issued a statement on its website saying it would be closed until further notice.
The NOFD said Harbor Police are on scene ensuring the area remains secure throughout the night. Engineers will be called out Tuesday morning to evaluate the structural integrity of the wharf as well as the surrounding buildings.
Fourteen NOFD units carrying thirty-two Fire and Rescue Operations personnel responded to this incident. New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, New Orleans Police Department, Harbor Police and Homeland Security also responded to the incident.
The Coast Guard is in charge of investigating the incident.