Employees at WGNO-TV, a local news and weather station in New Orleans, Louisiana, were forced to evacuate the control room amid live broadcas as the ceiling had started to “peel away” as Hurricane Ida pummelled the city, according to a tweet from WGNO journalist Susan Reosgen.
“@WGNOtv producers and directors forced to leave control room during our live coverage- the ceiling has peeled away— we are in the Galleria in Metairie,” Rosegen wrote at 8:30pm on Sunday, just a few hours after the storm made landfall in the region.
Around the same time, fellow WGNO reporter Chris Welty posted a picture of the ceiling in question having deteriorated.
Portions of the WGNO roof is coming off. https://t.co/TlN71XiVto
Sefenech Henok, another reporter at the station, posted additional videos of the wreckage in the newsroom. Henok’s clip reveals large portions of the ceiling falling into the room as water leaks through. Ten trashcans can be seen gathered under the leaks, clearly an attempt to help gather the water and keep the floor dry.
We are experiencing multiple leaks in our newsroom! We are safe and powering through for now! https://t.co/FkNrQUyXYO