Evidence of structural damage prior to collapse appears when search and rescue operations enter a sixth day.
Researchers investigating the cause of the collapse of the condominium building in Surfside, Florida, find evidence of water damage and structural corrosion, so the building owners’ association had estimated it would cost repair $ 15 million.
The president of the Champlain South Towers condominium association told residents in April that their building was in desperate need of structural problems, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The chairman of the condominium board, Jean Wodnicki, wrote to the owners that the damage to the fundamental concrete and steel bars of the building built in 1981 was “observable”, “has worsened significantly” and “would multiply exponentially” in the next few years.
Reports of leaks and flooding under Champlain Towers occur as search and rescue operations extended into a sixth day on Tuesday at the site of a partially collapsed Florida condominium complex where at least 11 people died and another 150 disappeared and were feared dead.
“There was always water,” said John Turis, who owns a condo in the building at the Washington Post.
“There was always water in the garage. There were always water leaks: I used to leak into my car all the time, ”said Turis, who was in New York when the building collapsed.
William Espinosa, a former building maintenance supervisor, told CBS 4 Miami that salt water would pass through the base of the building at high tide. Employees would use two large bombs to force it, he said.
Photographs taken by a contractor just two days before the collapse showed damp floor, cracked concrete and heavily corroded reinforcement in the building’s pool equipment room, according to the Miami Herald.
Hoping to fade when it came to removing any other living person from the rubble that remained when nearly half of the 156-unit twelve-story tower collapsed abruptly, authorities expressed the possibility that it still survivors could be found, according to Reuters news agency. reported.
The families of the 150 who were still missing “were faced with the news that they may not have come out alive to their loved ones and still hoped they would,” Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Mayor, told the press.
“Their loved ones can come out as body parts,” added Cava, whose office oversees the disaster response.
Equipment picking up broken concrete, twisted metal and powdered building materials dust still dealt with the 24-hour operation, which has used dog equipment, cranes and infrared scanners, as a search and rescue effort.
No one has been evicted alive from the ruins of the Champlain Towers South condo, located on the waterfront in Surfside, near Miami Beach, since a few hours after a height collapse it collapsed. Thursday early in the morning while residents slept.
Firefighters spoke of detecting faint sounds from inside the rubble and finding gaps in the trash large enough to sustain life.
“It doesn’t mean we’ve seen anyone down there, but we haven’t gotten to the bottom,” Miami-Dade fire chief Raide Jadallah told attendees Monday.
City officials announced that two more bodies they recovered on Monday, bringing the confirmed death toll to 11.
On Tuesday morning there were crowds of rescue workers at the top of the pile of rubbish, sifting between the runes. Scattered storms were expected on Tuesday, which could slow search efforts.
The White House announced Tuesday that President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit the site of the collapse on Thursday.
An makeshift monument on a block of the site had been laid out with bouquets of fresh hydrangeas tucked into a chain link fence. A poster with hearts had a message for the first to respond, “Thank you for looking for my grandmother.”