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Crews to demolish rest of Florida condo building


The rescue operation at Champlain Towers South on Saturday in Surfside, Fla. Associated Press/ Photo by Matias J. Ocner/ Miami Herald

Crews to demolish rest of Florida condo building

Worries about the stability of the standing portion of Champlain Towers South led officials to halt search and rescue efforts on Saturday in Surfside, Fla. They hope a controlled demolition of the remainder of the building will keep it from falling on workers as they look for people trapped in the debris of the collapsed portion. Tropical Storm Elsa is headed toward the area and could arrive Tuesday, further threatening the structure.

When will the search and rescue work resume? The demolition work has begun but won’t be complete until Monday. Once the structure is brought down, crews will remove the remnants immediately, giving searchers better access to parts of the site than they have now. There are still 124 people missing in the rubble. Rescuers have recovered 24 bodies since the collapse on June 24 but have not found any survivors yet.

Dig deeper: Read WORLD’s ongoing coverage of the disaster in Surfside.


Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.

@lmlangdon

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