According to Miami-Dade County records, the 12-storey Champlain Towers South condo, which partially collapsed on early Thursday, was constructed in 1981 alongside twin towers named East and North, and whose construction ended by 1986.
Structural engineers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have arrived at Champlain Towers North in Surfside, Florida, to inspect the building’s garage in order to decide whether it is safe for the worried residents to stay at the beachfront condos or they should leave, The Wall Street Journal has reported.
The engineers were reportedly escorted by the Miami-Dade Police.
NIST, which is part of the US Department of Commerce, is the federal agency that investigated the collapse of New York City’s twin towers after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001.
According to the report, many residents in Champlain Towers North and others nearby in the area, whose condo towers flank the shore, are heavily concerned, given that their twin building suddenly collapsed this week.
Mayor Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County has reportedly directed the county’s Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources to conduct a 30-day audit of all residential buildings with five floors or more that are 40 years or older.
In an interview on Sunday, Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said the town was working out the details of a plan to temporarily…