SURFSIDE, Fla. – A demolition team was at work Sunday at the site of the deadly building collapse in Miami-Dade County’s town of Surfside.
Just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the remaining structure was brought down in a controlled demolition.
Earlier in the day Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava had said officials determined that the demolition would take place between 10 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Monday.
WATCH: Remaining structure at Champlain Towers South demolished
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Residents of buildings in the immediate area were asked to remain indoors, close windows, set their air conditioners to circulate the air and be wary of a large amount of dust that was expected to come from the building when it was demolished.
The mayor said that after the demolition, it should not be long before crews can resume their work on the collapsed section of the building.
“As soon as the building is down, and once the site is deemed secure, we will have our first responders back on the pile to immediately resume their work,” Levine Cava said during Sunday night’s press briefing.
Watch Saturday evening’s press conference here:
The official death toll from the tragic collapse rose to 24 just before the search-and-rescue teams suspended their operation Saturday afternoon, and the mayor said those figures have not changed.
On Sunday, officials identified 58-year-old David Epstein as the victim who had been pulled from the rubble on Friday. His wife, Bonnie Epstein, was recovered from the collapsed building on Wednesday.
There are 121 people unaccounted for, police said. Levine Cava said she ordered the demolition after recommendations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Engineers are focused on what is left standing of the 12-story Champlain Towers South, at 8777 Collins Ave., since a section collapsed shortly before 2 a.m., June 24th.
During a briefing for the families of the victims, Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah said engineers feared the structure could collapse without warning.
Tropical Storm Elsa’s forecast was shifting, and recent advisories have kept Surfside outside of the cone of probability. Meteorologists did expect it to cause storms in the area Tuesday.
“Although the eye of the storm is not likely to pass over this direction, you could feel gusts in this area,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday.
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