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As announced on Saturday, this Sunday night, after 10 pm local, what was left standing of the Champlain Towers was demolished to prevent the storm Elsa that is approaching South Florida from creating even greater problems in the place where the tower collapsed on June 24 days with a balance so far of 24 dead and 121 missing.
The demolition of the remaining wing was carried out with explosive charges in a controlled manner using a method called “Energetic Felling”. For this, specialists from two different companies were hired. Since Saturday night, explosives had been placed in small holes drilled in the reinforced concrete of the South tower that still remained standing to ensure a speedy demolition.
SEE IT: Eleven days after the Surfside building collapse, the remaining part of the building has been demolished over safety concerns. Here’s the view of demolition from the water. https://t.co/RcHzNj4m9z pic.twitter.com/sUSojZHrtp
— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) July 5, 2021
The collapse generated a cloud of dust, but residents of the area had been advised to close doors, windows and any air intake in the coming hours.
Some residents of the area recorded the demolition on their cell phones:
— Darrell Arnold (@DarrellPArnold) July 5, 2021
Surfside Condominium demolished tonight in advance of Tropical Storm Elsa pic.twitter.com/VMjApHLvy3
– Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) July 5, 2021
The Champlain Towers were 40 years old and 12 stories tall. Buildings in Miami-Dade County have to undergo recertification when they turn precisely 40 years old.
The victims will continue to be searched
According to Miami Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, as soon as it is safe, the search for victims of the collapse, which has been suspended for more than 24 hours, will resume to prepare the site for the demolition.
The demolition has been necessary to prevent the structure that was still standing from being demolished uncontrollably by the rains and winds associated with tropical storm Elsa, which after passing through Cuba is expected to reach the Florida Keys on Monday and then head to the west coast of the state.
According to Daniella Levine Cava, with the building totally demolished, Rescuers will be able to access areas of the garage where until now it was not possible for fear of another collapse.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.