Contractors took pictures of building garage damage before the Florida condo collapsed

The partially collapsed Champlan Towers South Building.

The partially collapsed Champlan Towers South Building. Chandan Kanna via Getty Images / AFP

A contractor who visited the Champlain Towers South Building in Surfside, Florida, just 36 hours before a partial collapse early Thursday. Share with Miami Herald The pictures he took show cracks and corroded rebar in the concrete under the pool.

Metadata confirmed that the photo was taken on June 22nd. A commercial pool contractor who asked not to use his name Herald There was “standing water” throughout the garage on the basement floor, and there was the deepest puddle near parking 78. The building plan indicates that this space is under the pool deck. In the 2018 inspection report, engineer Frank Moravito I have written “Serious structural damage” occurred in the area due to lack of proper drainage of the deck.

The 40-year-old building is undergoing a major renovation, and the contractor was there to put together a bid to restore the exterior of the pool and price new pool equipment.He said Herald The lobby and pool area seemed to be in good condition, but he was stunned when he went to the garage. In addition to standing water, he saw exposed and corroded rebar and cracked concrete in the pool’s equipment room.

The contractor said he had spoken to maintenance staff who stated that the pump motors would need to be replaced every two years because the pool equipment room would need to be pumped frequently. “I thought of myself, it’s not normal,” the contractor said. Herald.. In an interview with CBS4, William Espinosa, a building maintenance manager since the 1990s, said seawater entered the garage and “pumps can’t keep up.”Representative of the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association declined to comment Herald..

Two more were pulled out of the rubble of the building on Monday. The death toll will be 11. Officials said 150 people have yet to be explained and search and rescue teams are trying to find survivors 24 hours a day.

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