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Surfside Seach and Rescue on Pause

Search and Rescue Operations in Surfside Florida are on pause as Engineers prepare for the Demolition of the portion of the Condo Building that’s still standing. A somber 4th of July in Surfside, marking eleven days since the catastrophic collapse. Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County saying: “This year, the holiday looks very different, as our thoughts are with the victims of this terrible tragedy.”

The recovery effort through what’s left of the Champlain Tower South Condo Building in Surfside is paused as Engineers focus on plans to demolish the remaining unstable structure. The exact timing of the demolition is still unclear. Officials working around the clock to make sure the site is secured ahead of the approaching storm – Elsa.

Officials say a synthetic fabric is covering the pile of debris, which Crews have been combing through. Sergio Ascunce, Deputy Building Official in Miami-​Dade County adding: “It shows respect for the remains that are there. And it’s also where they can start quickly their rescue efforts after the building collapses. This only takes seconds to drop the building.”

Officials say the demolition will allow Workers to comb through the entire site safely. Meanwhile, all eyes on Elsa — a Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for South Florida. Meteorologists predict the Storm’s Center will not directly impact Surfside, but Elsa’s outer bands could affect the town by Monday. Governor Ron DeSantis saying: “We are looking at course storm surge. We’re looking at heavy rainfall, flash flooding. There could be isolated tornadoes.”

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