Three construction workers escaped from a home just off Wisner Park moments before it collapsed amid the high winds during Monday morning’s storms in New Orleans, they said.The three men were in the process of renovating the house at the corner of Annunciation and Upperline as the storm intensified and the wind picked up Monday morning, causing the structure to shake with increasing violence, said Meljen Portillo, the supervisor.
“The winds got a little too strong, so we just decided, it’s time to get out of here,” Portillo said. “We were on the way out when the house started coming down. I was carrying the tools, but I just left the tools behind, like, ‘Forget this.'”
The house collapsed right around the workers, but none of them were hurt as they escaped into the downpour, Portillo said.
“It was pouring like somebody was putting buckets of water in your hair — that’s how heavy the rain was,” Portillo said.
After the collapse, nearly the only part of the house left even partially upright was the white-framed front door. With the structure mostly lost, the renovation effort will likely become new construction, Portillo said.