A mother who said she was worried about her 26-year-old daughter who went missing after a building collapsed in Surfside, Florida, desperately urged authorities on Saturday to do more.
“I am a mother. I don’t know the best way to do it. … Imagine if your children were in there, ”the mother told state and local authorities as they met the families of those missing as a result of the attack. collapse.
“I know you are doing all you can, but it’s not enough,” she said in a moving video posted to Instagram on Saturday.
The families of the dozens still missing after the partial collapse of a condominium building a few miles north of Miami Beach on Thursday are growing impatient, desperate to see faster results from search and rescue teams who have dug the rubble 24 hours a day.
“We hang on, trying to be strong. Pray for a miracle but start to get worked up with the lack of updates today, ”she said on Saturday.
“We were hoping for more news now as the crew work through the rubble. However, we are still grateful for their tireless efforts, ”Patel said.
Patel’s uncle, his wife and their daughter were missing on Saturday.
The death toll rose to five on Saturday, from four confirmed deaths on Friday.
The victims have been identified as Antonio Lozano, 83, Gladys Lozano, 79, and Manuel LaFont, 54, the Miami-Dade Police Department said in a press release on Saturday evening.
Stacie Fang, 54, has already been identified, CNN reported.
A fifth victim has not yet been identified.
There are now 130 identified and 156 missing, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said on Saturday. Authorities have not determined the cause of the collapse.
About 55 of the 136 units in the Champlain South Towers collapsed around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, leaving huge piles of rubble on the ground and material hanging from what was left of the structure, officials said.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett assured efforts to find frustrated families will not stop until everyone has emerged from the rubble.
“We don’t stop until we’re done. We don’t stop today, tomorrow or the next day. We don’t stop until everyone’s out of there, ”Burkett told CNN. “We will move heaven and earth for this. … We don’t have a problem of resources, we have a problem of luck. “
The structural report showed that the building had “cracks”
Almost three years ago, an engineer raised concerns about structural damage to the concrete slab under the building’s pool deck and “cracks and spalling” in the parking lot, according to documents.
An October 2018 structural field survey report was included in a series of public documents posted overnight on the Town of Surfside website. The New York Times was the first to report on the results of the field investigation
The waterproofing under the pool deck and driveway was failing and causing “major structural damage,” according to the structural field survey.
“The waterproofing under the pool deck and the promenade entrance as well as all waterproofing for the planter have passed their useful life and therefore all need to be completely removed and replaced,” the report says.
“Failed waterproofing is causing major structural damage to the structural concrete slab beneath these areas. Failure to replace waterproofing in the near future will lead to an exponential extension of concrete deterioration, ”the investigation continued.
The report says the waterproofing was laid on a flat structure rather than a sloping concrete slab that would have allowed water to drain away. This caused water to build up on the waterproofing until it evaporated, which the report identified as a “major mistake.”
“Replacing the waterproofing of the existing bridge will be extremely expensive… will be disruptive and create a major disruption for the occupants of this condominium,” the report noted.
The report, which aimed to “understand and document the extent of structural problems”, detailed the signs of “distress / fatigue” in the parking lot.
“Profuse cracks and chips of varying degrees were observed in the concrete columns, beams and walls. … Although some of this damage is minor, most concrete deterioration needs to be repaired in a timely manner, ”according to the report.
Chipping is a term used to describe areas of concrete that have cracked or crumbled.
The report, which was completed by Frank Morabito of Morabito Consultants, did not indicate whether the structure was at risk of collapse.
Burkett told CNN it was still not clear what action the building was taking to address the cracks mentioned in the report.
“We’re going to shed some light on what happened in this particular building,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
Abieyuwa Aghayere, a structural engineering professor at Drexel University who reviewed the report, said its findings were alarming and should have prompted further examination of the building’s integrity.
Kenneth Direktor, an attorney for the building’s condominium association, had previously warned against early speculation.
“Nothing like this was to be expected,” Direktor said. “At least that wasn’t seen by the engineers looking at the building from a structural point of view. “
CNN reached out to Direktor on Saturday for comment.
Voluntary evacuation for the other Champlain towers
Surfside Building officials performed a cursory examination of the structure of the Champlain North and East towers and “found nothing faulty,” Burkett said on Saturday.
“So it’s reassuring, but it’s not a deep dive,” he added. “We are going to dig deeper into the reasons why this building collapsed. And I imagine that will end up being kind of a global project. “
If residents living in the Champlain North and East Towers want to evacuate, they can, Burkett said.
The mayor said they were working with federal officials on relocation options.
CNN’s Jacqueline Rose, Rebekah Riess, Hollie Silverman, Rosa Flores and Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.