Mayor Cantrell says NOLA is spending $400K a day on hotel collapse

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city has been spending about $400,000 a day to respond to the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel more than a week ago.

Two large cranes from the Hard Rock Hotel construction collapse come crashing down after being detonated for implosion in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. | Photo Source: AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Mayor Cantrell spoke Monday during a news conference one day after the city used controlled explosions to bring down two cranes that had been looming over the building.

The Hard Rock Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter was under construction when part of it collapsed. Three people were killed.

One of the bodies has been removed. Cantrell said they are still working on recovering the other two bodies.

Cantrell says the $400,000 figure doesn't include the hit to the city's economy.

She says the city is tracking expenses and intends to seek reimbursement from the "responsible party."

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