SURFSIDE, Fla. — Rescuers sifting through the debris of a collapsed Florida condo building continued their meticulous work Monday as town officials held onto hope of finding survivors in the rubble.
The death toll from the collapse rose to nine on Sunday after first responders pulled four more bodies from the site of the Champlain Towers South, a 12-story condo building built in Surfside, Florida, in 1981. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Sunday that additional human remains were also removed from the rubble.
More than 150 people remain unaccounted for after a section of the building fell down last Thursday. Video shows the center of the wing that collapsed crumbling before the other end then falls.
Meanwhile, officials in Surfside over the weekend published scores of documents to their website, some of which warned just a couple years ago of “major structural damage” and the potential for “exponential damage.”
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Here’s what we know Monday:
Family members of missing tour collapse site
As the pace of recovery remains slow for search and rescue crew following a painstakingly detailed process, family members of the 152 people still unaccounted for were given a private tour of the area Sunday afternoon.
About 100 family members toured the site, which has been experienced electrical fires and flooding that have slowed the recovery effort.
During Sunday’s search effort, crews dug a 40-foot tunnel, providing access to new areas of the collapse, but the efforts were temporarily halted as rubble shifted.
Levine Cava said the four bodies recovered Sunday were a result of that effort.
“We just need a few more miracles each day,” Seaside Mayor Charles Burkett added.
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