Miami Apartment Collapse Prompts Investigation of Other Buildings

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SURFSIDE, FLORIDA, June 29, 2021 ~ Residents have been clamoring for information following the deadly collapse of Champlain Towers South apartments in Surfside, Florida.

Investigators and rescue teams have been working around the clock to search for survivors of the disaster that occured pre-dawn Thursday morning.

Adam Schwartzbaum, a lawyer representing one of the tenants, said that he grew up in the building. According to Schwartzbaum, there were water issues in the garage before, and the building owners were sued regarding the conditions in 2003.

This is a problem that’s been in the building for decades,” said Schwartzbaum in a statement.

A pool contractor for the residence said that pools of standing water were visible in the building’s garage, and cracked concrete and heavily corroded rebar were visible under the pool just 36 hours prior to the collapse.

June 29, 2021 ~ WJR Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne has an update for Paul W. on the ongoing search for people trapped in the Miami condo collapse in Surfside, Florida.

Many residents of Champlain Towers North and East have evacuated their homes.

Monday, residents of the 18-story Maison Grande Condominium said they are worried about the integrity of the building.

Records show five inspections labelling the condo complex an “unsafe structure.” One warning stated that the garage and pool deck “reached the end of their useful life and require repair, replacement,” or “a combination thereof.”

As of Tuesday, the Miami-Dade Police Department has released the names of 11 people who have been found dead. 150 still remain missing.