A city inspector assured residents of a multi-story condominium in Surfside, Florida that their building is in good order a month after an engineering report warned of serious structural damage that required immediate repairs in 2018, US media reported.
IN Champlain Towers south building partially collapsed Residents were asleep early Thursday morning.
On Sunday, the death toll was nine and more than 150 people went missing as rescue teams scrambled through the rubble without showing signs of life.
The cause of the collapse of nearly half of the 12-story 156-apartment building remains to be determined, but a 2018 inspection found severe structural damage in a garage under the 40-year-old tower, according to an engineer report.
But Surfside’s inspector, who is located near Miami, later met with residents of the building in 2018 and assured them that it was “in very good shape,” according to the November 2018 meeting minutes presented first by NPR and then by several other US. Mass media.
The inspector’s comments directly contradicted the engineers’ report five weeks earlier, which said that the failed waterproofing in the concrete structural slab should be replaced “in the near future.”
According to NPR, on November 15, 2018, at a board meeting of the Champlain Tower South condominium association, Surfside spokesman Ross Prieto spoke to discuss the report.
“The civil engineer’s report was reviewed by Mr. Prieto,” the meeting minutes quoted by NPR reads. “The building appears to be in very good condition.”
According to NPR, Prieto no longer works for Surfside. He told the Miami Herald newspaper that he did not remember receiving that report. Reuters was unable to contact Prieto.
A recently released 2018 report showed that the engineer found evidence of severe structural damage below the pool deck and “concrete collapse” in an oceanfront condominium’s underground garage three years before it collapsed.
In addition, Florida Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie requested an administrative application for Miami-Dade County from the US Trade Center Business Administration to provide disaster loans to individuals and businesses affected by the building collapse.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio said Sunday that a FEMA rehabilitation center will soon open at Surfside to help survivors, victims’ families and displaced people access the benefits they are eligible for.