What does the surfside scene look like?Rescue workers move forward in a collapsed condominium


The surfside sunrise on Tuesday was the sixth day after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium Building. The rescue team went through a painstaking search to find a survivor in the darkness of the fate of 150 people who were still reported to be missing.

The official death toll is 11 and is expected to increase.

The families of unexplained people had hope. Hundreds of people gathered on the beach on Monday night to remember the victims of the collapse of the building. Both relatives and strangers have joined the silence and pain.

“I haven’t lost hope or faith.” Martin Ragesfeld said his 26-year-old sister Nicole lived with her husband Louis in Unit 804 of Champlain Towers South. “I know she’s still there, I know it,” Lagesfeld told WPLG-Local 10.

On Tuesday morning, cranes on Collins Avenue and 88th Avenue moved slowly but steadily, removing a bucket of rubble. The apartments still standing next to the collapsed section of the tower were numbered 2 to 11 with green spray paint to identify the level.

As you can see, on Harding Avenue, hydrangeas, roses, orchids and lilies were hanging from the fence of the tennis court. Memorial wallIt was full of missing photos, love messages, and small relics. The flowers created a pleasant scent and quick rest from the sounds of generators and vans.

Several first responders used a quiet, dry morning to pay homage to the makeshift monument. Inside the tennis court was a huge brown tent. Rescuer clothes such as T-shirts, coats, jeans, and underwear were lined up and dried.

The rescue team continued to dig Large trench Pass through the rubble of the collapsed Surfside Condo Tower. They used heavy equipment to create a trench that was 125 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 40 feet deep. It was created for two purposes.

One of the reasons is that rescuers can use dogs, cameras, sonar and infrared technology to search for survivors in other parts of the mountain.It was also part of the effort Fight “deep” fire Mayor Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County said on the weekend that she was “hindering” the search.

Levin Cava said smoke is the “biggest barrier” to search and rescue missions. She said the crew stopped it non-stop under the rubble and used infrared technology, foam, water and other tactics to contain the fire and minimize the smoke that spread to the mountains.

The fire was eventually extinguished — “one less thing men and women in the mountains now have to worry about,” said Surfside Mayor Charles Barckett.

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Structural problems

As the rigorous search for survivors and the recovery of their bodies continued, attention was focused on information on newly discovered structural problems in certain areas of the Condominium Tower on 8777 Collins Avenue.

In a 2018 report by engineers, the pool decks, slopes and garage areas of Champlain Towers South were flagged as “serious structural damage.” Still, the chief builder of the surfside town told residents that the condominium building was “in very good condition.” According to the minutes of the November 2018 board meeting obtained by the Miami Herald.

According to the minutes, Ross Prieto, who left the post last year, reviewed the engineer’s report. According to records, Condominium board member Mara Shuela transferred a copy to him two days ago.

Email Posted on the town’s website We have shown that Chouela has sent two reports to Prieto. “Structural Field Survey Report” by Morabito Consultants engineer Frank Morabito. Details of structural defects in the building, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Report by Thomas E. Hentz. PE

More recently, a commercial pool contractor who visited the condominium just 36 hours before the unexpected collapse of half of the condominium building last Tuesday said he said. We found water-related damage throughout the basement-level garage.

“There was water all over the parking lot,” the contractor, who asked not to name, told the Miami Herald. He noticed cracks in the concrete in the pool equipment room and severely corroded rebar.

He also took a picture and shared it with Herald.

The contractor visited the condo building last week, closed a bid for a pool cosmetics restoration, and set a price for new pool equipment. This is just one part of a multi-million dollar restoration project that has just begun in 40 years. -Old buildings.

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