Evidence of structural damage before the collapse emerges when search and rescue operations enter a sixth day.
Investigators studying the collapse of the condominium in Surfside, Florida, found evidence of water damage and structural corrosion so severe that the building’s owners’ association had estimated it would cost $ 15 million. to repair.
The president of the Champlain South Towers condominium association told residents in April that his building needed to address structural problems, the Wall Street Journal said.
The president of the Condo, Jean Wodnicki, wrote to the owners that the damage to the concrete and steel bars of the building built in 1981 is “observable”, “has significantly worsened” and will “multiply in exponential ”in the years to come.
Loss and flood reports under the Champlain Towers come as search and rescue operations spread over a sixth day Tuesday at the site of a condominium community in Florida partially collapsed where at least 11 people were killed and another 150 were missing and feared dead.
“There was always water here,” John Turis, a condominium owner in the building told the Washington Post.
“There was always water in the garage. There was always a water leak – I used to run over my car all the time, ”said Turis who was in New York when the ship collapsed.
A former maintenance supervisor at the building, William Espinosa told CBS 4 Miami television that salt water will flow through the building’s foundation at high tides. Employees used two large pumps to force it, he said.
Photographs taken by an entrepreneur just two days before the collapse show a wet floor, cracked concrete and severely corroded concrete in the building’s pool equipment room, according to the Miami Herald newspaper.
With hopes vanishing at the time of pulling someone else alive from the rubble left when nearly half of the 12-story tower collapsed abruptly on 156 units, authorities have held the possibility. that survivors could also be found, the Reuters news agency reported.
The families of the 150 who are still missing “are facing the news that they may not have loved going out alive and still hoping to do so,” Miami-Dade County mayor Daniella Levine Cava told reporters Monday night.
“Their beloved children can come out as part of the body,” added Cava, whose office monitors the response to the disaster.
Teams picking through broken cement, twisted metal and dust from pulverized construction materials always handled the operation 24 hours a day – which employed teams of dogs, cranes and infrared scanners – as an effort to search is saved.
No one was found alive from the wreckage of the Champlain Towers South condominium facing the ocean in Surfside, near Miami Beach, for a few hours after a side of the hill collapsed early Thursday morning while residents they slept.
Fire officials have spoken of detecting faint sounds from inside the rubble bush and finding deep spaces in the debris large enough to sustain life.
“Not to say we’ve seen anyone here, but we’re not getting to the bottom of it,” Raide Jadallah, a Miami-Dade fire assistant, told reporters Monday.
City officials have announced that two more bodies were recovered Monday, bringing the confirmed balance to 11.
Crowds of rescue workers were on top of the pile of debris Tuesday morning, sifting through and rubble. Scattered storms were forecast Tuesday, potentially slowing research efforts.
The White House announced Tuesday that President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit the collapse site Thursday.
An improvised memorial to a piece of the site had been reconstructed with bunches of fresh hydrangeas embedded in a chain net. A poster with hearts had a message for the first responders: “Thank you for looking for my grandmother.”