Travel Guides – Florida governor said officials are considering evacuating residents of sister building to collapsed Miami condo

Rubble hangs from {a partially} collapsed building in Surfside north of Miami Beach, on June 24, 2021. Chandan Khanna / AFP / Getty Images

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis said that residents of the sister building that partially collapse on Thursday will “potentially” be evacuated.

  • DeSantis said the mayor would have to make that call.

  • The collapse of 12-story condo in Miami resulted in 4 deaths and greater than 150 folks unaccounted for.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis said that officials “are considering potentially evacuating” the residents of the sister building to the 12 story excessive rise condominium that partially collapsed earlier this week within the city of Surfside, in Miami, Florida.

Officials said that at least four people have died from the collapse at The Champlain Towers South Condo on Thursday, and 159 stay unaccounted for. An inspection report from 2018 revealed proof of “major structural damage” to the property. And in 2015, a resident filed a lawsuit with reference to the upkeep of one of the building’s outer partitions, as Insider’s Mia Jankowicz reported.

During a media briefing on Saturday, a reporter requested DeSantis that in mild of the priority concerning the construction of the building that crumbled, “would you feel safe going to sleep tonight if you were in the sister building?”

“There’s a sister building basically right down the street …i t was built at the same time with the same designer, so they are looking at working with them. And I know they are considering potentially evacuating them, but that’s something that ultimately the mayor is going to have to make the call on,” DeSantis responded.

“I don’t know if there’s indications that there’s any problems with that building, but just given the similarities, given the same age, they think that that may be something so I think he may have an announcement on that today,” he added.

In a statement to The Hill, Surfside Communications Director Malarie Dauginikas said that officials are working with consultants to decide if motion is critical.

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“Should the decision be made to evacuate residents from this tower, we will work directly with FEMA and the Red Cross to ensure all arrangements are made to ensure their safety and make them comfortable,” Dauginikas advised the Hill.

On Friday, the White House said President Joe Biden issued an emergency declaration for Florida which “authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.”

Officials said that though fire has spread at the site of the building, rescue efforts and an investigation remains to be underway.

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