After more than a decade, city workers start cleaning up the Municipal Auditorium

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NEW ORLEANS – The Municipal Auditorium in Armstrong Park was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina, and after more than a decade of problems with squatters and homeless people residing inside, work has begun to secure the building.

City workers are working to reinforce all doors, windows and heating and air conditioning units with steel panels, and 24-hour security detail is now stationed at the auditorium to prevent people from squatting on the property.

The work will last until the end of April.

The city is in arbitration to secure about $42 million from FEMA to help with renovations, but city leaders estimate total costs will add up to more than $80 million.