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Search for missing residents resumes after condo demolition

Crews demolish the remaining structure of Champlain Towers South on Sunday. Associated Press/Photo by Lynne Sladky

Search for missing residents resumes after condo demolition

The controlled implosion of the remaining portion of a collapsed high-rise in Surfside, Fla., on Sunday went “exactly as planned,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. One wing of Champlain Towers South, a 12-story condo building, collapsed June 24. The rest of the building began to shift last week, threatening to come down on the search and rescue workers looking for more than 100 people still trapped in the rubble.

How will the demolition affect the search? Crews immediately began clearing some of the new debris so rescuers could access parts of the underground garage they couldn’t get to before. They have not found anyone alive since right after the building collapsed, but they found three more bodies on Monday, bringing the official death toll to 27. One piece of good news for the site: Tropical Storm Elsa appears to be veering toward the western coast of Florida, likely sparing the town of Surfside from a direct hit.

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

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.



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