Florida condo building was considered unsafe and ordered to evacuate


North Miami Beach, Florida (AP) — North Miami Beach, Florida condominiums on Friday after a dangerous situation was found about five miles (8 km) from the deadly collapse site in South Florida last week. Ordered to evacuate.

Audit prompted by Collapse A survey of Champlain Towers South on the nearby surfside revealed that 156 units of Crestview Towers were considered structurally and electrically unsafe in January, the city said in a news release. Authorities did not immediately release details on the structural issues that prompted the evacuation, but the building reported millions of dollars in damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017.

“With great care, the city ordered the building to be closed immediately, and the residents were evacuated for protection. During that time, a complete structural assessment was carried out and the next step was decided,” said the mayor. Arthur H. Solei III said in a news release.

It is the first building to evacuate since South Florida city officials began scrutinizing old skyscrapers in the wake of the surfside collapse, confirming that substantial structural issues have not been ignored.

The Crestview Condominium Association was unable to contact immediately for comment on the delay between the January recertification report and Friday’s evacuation.

Outside of Crestview, built in 1972, on Friday night, residents carrying suitcases were evacuated and packed into cars.

Harold Dauphin noticed a helicopter ringing around his apartment on Friday’s camp to pick up his son Harold, increasing the police presence. He wondered if there was a shooting nearby, but went home and found out that his building had been evacuated.

The two live on the second floor of the building. He said he hadn’t heard anything about the issues that became apparent. He picked up what he could do: clothes, work clothes, and some electronics, and they left.

“Sorry, I see. It’s understandable if you know what happened on the surfside,” he said.

North Miami Beach Commissioner Fortuna Smukler rushed to the building on Friday afternoon. She said authorities are working to help displaced residents find a place to go.She said The storm is approaching It was a particularly stressful time for the inhabitants.Sumkler I know two people Those who have not yet been explained in the collapse of the surfside building.

“This is important to me, so I ran here right away. I needed to make sure that what happened on the surfside didn’t happen here,” she said. “It could have been our building instead of the surfside.”

The mayor of Miami-Dade County confirms that buildings over the age of 40 comply with the local recertification process after at least 22 people were killed and more than 120 were missing in the collapse of the condominium last week. Proposed an audit to do.

After reviewing the file, the city building and zoning department sent a notice that the Crestview building was not compliant. On Friday, the building manager submitted a January recertification report that an engineer hired by the Condominium Management Board of Directors determined the property was unsafe. The city then ordered all residents to evacuate immediately.

“I’m worried that more buildings may be in this state. Hopefully this is a simple fix. Thankfully, we’re at least evacuating the inhabitants and they and their pets. It won’t hurt you, “said Sumkler.

The North Miami Beach Police Station was helping to evacuate.

The Crestview Towers Condominium Association said it suffered $ 8.1 million in damages from Hurricane Irma in a federal court proceeding. The Condominium Management Companies Association has sued insurance company Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation for failing to pay the insurance.

Itemized estimates in the proceedings indicated that roof repairs would require $ 533,000, concrete repairs would require $ 750,000, electrical work would require $ 605,000, and new windows would require repairs of $ 405,000 or more.

In court documents, the insurance company said the condo association reported the damage in 2019, two years after Irma tore Florida. Inspections conducted on behalf of the insurance company showed that water had accumulated in the lower part of the roof and that previous repairs of the dilapidated roof had continued for many layers. We also found that the windows of the unit had deteriorated over time.

“Plaintiffs did not notify Liberty as soon as possible. In addition, Liberty’s post-loss inspection was still confusing as to where the loss or damage occurred in the subject property,” the insurer said.

A parallel proceeding was also filed in a state court in Miami. This spring, the parties requested that the federal proceedings be dismissed and agreed to begin mediation in a state proceeding in May.

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Associated Press writers Mike Schneider of Orlando, Florida and Denise Lavoie of Richmond, Virginia contributed to this report.

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