Surfside Condo Collapse Death Toll Rises To Nine

Miami’s CBS News affiliate reports:

There are now nine confirmed deaths in the Champlain Towers South condo collapse in Surfside. On Sunday, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said progress was made overnight in the search and rescue mission.

“We are cutting a deep trench to assists us. It is now 125 feet in length into the pile. It is 20 feet wide and 40 feet deep. This trench is very critical to the continuation of the search and rescue process,” said Levine Cava.

Rescue crews are doing DNA tests with family members to identify the victims. Four of the dead have been identified. Stacie Dawn Fang, 54, who lived in 1002; Antonio Lozano, 83, and Gladys Lozano, 79, who lived in apartment 903; and Manuel LaFont, 54, who lived in apartment 801.

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports:

Nearly three years before an oceanfront building collapsed near Miami, an engineering firm estimated that major repairs the building needed would cost more than $9 million, according to newly released emails.

The email from the firm of Morabito Consultants was among a series of documents released by the city of Surfside as rescue efforts continued at the site of the collapsed building, where more than 150 people remained unaccounted for. At least five people were killed in the collapse.

The release of the 2018 cost estimate followed the earlier publication of another document from the firm showing the ground-floor pool deck of the building was resting on a concrete slab that had “major structural damage” and needed to be extensively repaired.