Louisiana Governor Edwards Declares State of Emergency for Orleans Parish

Louisiana Governo Edwards Declares State of Emergency for Orleans Parish to Assist City in Crane Demolition at the Hard Rock Hotel

Baton Rouge, LA (STL.News) Friday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a State of Emergency in Orleans Parish following the collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown, which, when coupled with the potential for tropical weather, presents an urgent threat to the City of New Orleans.

This Emergency Declaration allows the state of Louisiana to provide additional necessary assistance to the City of New Orleans, including contracting with a company planning the controlled demolition of two cranes located inside the Hard Rock Hotel collapse site.

“I am extremely grateful to the Mayor’s Office, the city of New Orleans, and the incredibly skilled engineers who have taken on this task.  As I said yesterday, the state is committed to providing the city with any resources they may need,” Gov. Edwards said.  “That’s why today I declared a state of emergency in the City of New Orleans. We spent all of yesterday working with the city, the building owner, the contractor and the contractors who will be able to eliminate the threat posed by the two cranes.  I will continue to work with the Mayor to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect lives and property.”