The Champlain Towers South condominium complex near Miami physically collapsed in what can only be described as an awful catastrophe.
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Many folks are baffled as to what happened… Was it a bomb, a sinkhole, or something else entirely?
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Well, fresh alarming details have surfaced that may provide light on what transpired…
Engineers had warned of “major structural damage” to the building just three years prior.
From the report, here’s a photo of some of the structural damage:
According to DNYUZ.com, a consultant discovered alarming evidence of “major structural damage” to the concrete slab beneath the pool deck and “abundant” cracking and crumbling of the parking garage columns, beams, and walls three years before the deadly collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium complex near Miami.
The engineer’s report aided in the development of plans for a multimillion-dollar repair project that was due to begin soon — more than two and a half years after the building managers had been informed —However, the structure collapsed in the middle of the night on Thursday, trapping sleeping people in a large pile of debris.
The complex’s management association had revealed some of the issues in the aftermath of the collapse, but it wasn’t until late Friday that city officials released the 2018 report that the full extent of the concrete and rebar damage — most of it likely caused by years of exposure to the corrosive salt air along the South Florida coast — became chillingly apparent.
“Though some of this damage is modest, the majority of the concrete deterioration has to be addressed in a timely manner,” the consultant, Frank Morabito, said in his October 2018 assessment on the 40-year-old building in Surfside, Fla., describing damage near the structure’s base.
He gave no indication that the structure was at risk of collapse, though he noted that the needed repairs would be aimed at “maintaining the structural integrity” of the building and its 136 units.
Lawyers for the home association say that work was set to commence to fix the issues. They say work was just about to get started before a massive chunk of the building literally crumbled.
But critics point out that the condo board had known about these serious issues for THREE years and did nothing.
Clearly, this could have been prevented.
There are going to be a lot of lawsuits stemming from this disaster.