Collapsed Florida Condo Building Likely To Be Demolished

Search and rescue personnel work alongside heavy machinery to sift through the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building, where scores of people remain missing almost a week after it partially collapsed, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(AP) — Florida officials are working on plans to demolish what’s left of a partially collapsed oceanfront condominium building. The plans were revealed Thursday after concerns about the structure’s instability prompted a 15-hour halt to the search for survivors. After rescue efforts resumed Thursday evening, officials said they had started planning for the likely demolition of the remaining structure. Scott Nacheman, a FEMA structures specialist, said engineers are looking at different methods for the demolition. He said if the building comes down, there initially will be a slowdown in the rescue operation. But he said the demolition of the structure would create a safer working environment that could allow more personnel on the site and accelerate the pace of the work.

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