SURFSIDE, Fla., July 3 (Reuters) – The demolition of the remains of the partially collapsed condo complex near Miami Beach could happen as soon as Sunday, officials said, in an effort to tear down the unsafe structure before the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa.
Two more people were found dead on Saturday in the rubble of the 12-story Champlain Towers South in the community of Surfside, officials said at a news conference, bringing the total to 24 deceased and 124 missing or feared dead, as the search and rescue operations continued for more than a week.
Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky told reporters the demolition of what was left standing of the towers had to take place as soon as possible because Elsa is forecast to reach southern Florida as early as Monday. “We’d have no control of where it lands,” he said.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said that initially demolition experts told officials it could take weeks before the remaining, unstable structure could be taken down.
But the fear is that the storm will knock it down and drop debris atop the area where there might be survivors, he said.
Reporting by Francisco Alvarado; Writing by Rich McKay; Editing by Daniel Wallis
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