Published On: Sun, Jun 27th, 2021

Death Toll Rises to 9; Engineer Warned About ‘Major Structural Damage’ Before Condo Collapse

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The death toll from the collapse of a Miami-area condominium tower has risen to nine, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said June 27. More than 150 people remain missing following the collapse on June 24. Meanwhile, officials released a report from 2018 that included a warning from an engineer about “major structural damage” and the tower needing $9 million in repairs. Now, a nine-page report from structural engineering firm Morabito Consultants in October 2018 has been released (pdf) by the City of Surfside, warning about the condition of the concrete structure. “Abundant cracking and spalling of varying degrees was observed in the concrete columns, beams, and walls. Several sizable spalls were noted in both the topside of the entrance drive ramp and underside of the pool/entrance drive/planter slabs, which included instances with exposed, deteriorating rebar,” states the report, which was released over the weekend. “Though some of this damage is minor, …

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