Demolition plans for the Hard Rock Hotel site in New Orleans continue, but there are questions about how to preserve evidence while investigators figure out the cause of the collapse. WDSU reports.
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The companies who worked on the building are facing around 30 lawsuits seeking compensation for their losses. These lawsuits have complicated the removal of the building. Attorneys on both sides have been given a deadline to submit plans on how evidence will be preserved and tested once it has been removed from the site.
A third-party engineer will oversee the project and enforce the agreed-upon plan. It is expected that demolition will last until the fall. The mayor wants it down as soon as possible because the building is a hurricane risk and there are still two bodies trapped inside of the 18-storey building.
The evidence may do more than decide this case. They could also point toward building code changes that will make future buildings safer. This accident could have been a much worse one had the hotel opened prior to the collapse. Three workers were killed in the incident.
The demolition company has received a permit to start with the work. Once the plan is approved by the lawyers, the building can come down and the area will start returning to normal.
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