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Mayor: New Orleans spending $400K a day on hotel collapse

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 17:38:47-04

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans' mayor says the city has been spending about $400,000 a day to respond to the partial collapse of a hotel more than a week ago.

Mayor LaToya 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."