Miami authorities have decided to completely demolish the partially collapsed building near Miami Beach before Monday . The reason, they have argued, is to try to avoid greater evils with the arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa , which is approaching Florida. As a result, the search for survivors has been temporarily halted, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told a press conference last night.
Two more people were found dead Saturday in the rubble of the 12-story Champlain South Towers in the Surfside community , bringing the total to 24. The missing number has dropped to 121 after locating people who were wrongly on the list.
The fire chief in Miami-Dade, Alan Cominsky , has argued that the demolition of what remained standing towers had as soon as possible to be done because it is anticipated that Elsa come to South Florida from Monday. “We would have no control over where it lands,” he said. The mayor of the Miami-Dade County, Daniella Levine Cava , said the families of the victims have been informed of the decision and that “get it”.
Concerns that the remaining section of the apartment complex was dangerously unstable halted search and rescue efforts at the site for much of Thursday. No survivors have been removed from the ruins since the first hours after the tower partially collapsed in on itself in the early hours of June 24.
The researchers have not determined what caused the collapse of the complex 40 years. A 2018 engineering report found structural deficiencies that are now the focus of investigations that include a grand jury examination.
Apparently the storm will not have a direct impact on Miami-Dade, as the forecast track indicates that Elsa will move along the west coast of Florida and not the east.
Authorities opted for demolition out of fear that the standing structure, which is unstable, could be toppled by the wind and cause further damage.
With a controlled fall, it is possible to “preserve the evidence” of the collapse, the work already done in the rubble, and prevent the remains of the building from impacting neighboring buildings.
According to the mayor, the National Science Foundation is already working to save as much detail as possible of what remains of Champlain Towers South, using drones, 3D images and other technological tools.