Hundreds of residents of an eight-story building in Miami received the evacuation order after authorities called it “unsafe”, and more than six weeks after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside that left 98 people dead.
The occupants of the 137 units of the building located near Miami airport They received the notification on Monday night and immediately began to pack their bags and put some belongings in their vehicles, as local media showed this Tuesday.
The order, which sets Tuesday morning as a deadline for the building to be vacated, comes after local officials met with residents on July 26 to address the condition of the structure, which was on a list of “unsafe” buildings made by the authorities in the month of May.
The site of the Champlain Towers complex, which collapsed on June 24 due to a structural problem. Photo: Clarín Archive
According to the newspaper Miami HeraldThe day after the meeting, and after an inspection, the officials ordered the garage to be closed as a result of problems in the structure.
Despite not having provided a plan to fix the failures or request permits to undertake works, local officials received a notification last week in which they were informed that the building was safe to inhabit in view of the repairs being carried out.
The inspection done on Monday determined that said reparations “were not adequate” for the reinforcement of the columns and ordered the evacuation of the building.
“The structural integrity has been degraded by the contractor who proceeded with repairs for which he was not authorized,” Asael Marrero, a city of Miami official, told local channel NBC Miami.
The board of owners had received a notification on July 7 for several breaches of the regulations, and had not carried out the mandatory recertification process as it is a structure that is more than 40 years old.
“If this building is demolished, our property and all our memories of growing up here will go away,” resident Mya Ncastanedo told WSVN on the local channel.
Local authorities are working with residents to ensure that find a temporary shelter.
The evacuation process joins other similar orders issued in Miami-Dade and issued after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South building, in the coastal town of Surfside, which collapsed on June 24 for causes that are still a matter of investigation.