The demolition of a condominium in Surfside, Florida, which collapsed on June 24, is being accelerated “as soon as possible,” officials told a news conference Saturday.
The demolition plans are a hurdle against Tropical Storm Elsa in Florida, whose eyes are not expected to pass through the Miami-Dade area, but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis could disrupt the Champlain Towers that collapsed during the conference. .
“… We have a building in Surfside that vibrates, its structure is indifferent, and even though the eyes of the storm don’t go in that direction, you can feel the winds in that area. We don’t know,” DeSantis Miami-Dade said. County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett also said they “supported the demolition of the building.”
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Once the demolition begins, the process could be completed within 36 hours, the governor said.
Transport engineers at the Florida Dertment of Transport will “inspect the rest of the structure and suggest different directions for demolition,” DeSantis continued. Officials initially expected the breach to last several weeks.
As of Saturday morning, officials had found 24 dead and 124 people were missing.
Demolition of the building will help ensure the safety of rescuers, as “we don’t know when it could collapse” and a tropical storm could increase the risk of an unexpected collapse in any direction.
“Our mission is to accelerate [demolition] as soon as possible, ”DeSantis said. The building could collapse completely in 36 hours.
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The governor said officials were “hoping” to carry out a search and rescue mission for those whose destruction was not “very rare.”
Kava said officials have already signed a demolition agreement during the conference and will move forward when officials make any plans.
Kawa and Burkett met last week to discuss the demolition after it was determined the building was a “clear problem” and said “the only solution to the problem was to demolish it.”
Raide Jadallah, assistant fire chief for fire rescue, told families on Saturday that the building would fall as “the first thing tomorrow”, NBC Miami reported.
Search and rescue operations will continue even after the breakdown. A tarpaulin will be placed over the old debris to make ceramics from the debris coming out of the building’s newly collapsed home, Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Chief Alan Kominsky said during the conference.
Florida will cover all costs for the demolition.