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As of Saturday morning, the toll had risen to 86, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a press conference.

Sixty-two of the 86 victims have been identified and 43 people are potentially missing, she said.

Patronis said crews pay equal attention to the importance of work.

“One thing I can assure you is that the dogs are still on the site. Infrared equipment is still in use. Cameras are still in use. The working groups that are here… are of the same skill level as those that were here. FEMA working groups, ”he said. “They are still working. What is happening now is no different from five days ago. ”
In an interview with CNN, Chief Nichole Notte of Florida Task Force 2 said there had been an emotional toll for all workers.

“I feel like I’m digging physically, but I’m also digging emotionally to have more strength to keep going,” she said.

Focus on the survey

In the meantime, the authorities have paid more attention to the investigation and to the security of other structures in the region.

Experts have already started their investigation by examining Champlain Towers North, a sister building that is “essentially the same as the building that collapsed,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said.

“We have been there several times now. We took samples. We did ground penetrating radar. We’re trying to figure out the amount of steel, the thickness of the slabs, so we’re trying to compile all of that information and see exactly if there’s any sign of weakness, ”Burkett told CNN on Friday.

“I spoke to the engineer today, and he is ready to make a decision as soon as he gets the results and let the residents of this building know whether he feels safe or not. ”

The north tower building was evacuated for security reasons.

Burkett said he urged other members of the area condominium board to inspect their structure.

“We gave them a series of boxes to check to make sure their buildings are as secure as possible, especially since we don’t know why that building collapsed,” Burkett said.

Patronis said he thinks it’s important for investigators to compare the Champlain North and South Towers.

“I advised them to take the minutes from the Champlain Towers North board of directors for the past 40 years and compare them to the minutes for South and see if the two boards have made the same investments over the past 40 years. . ”

More structural concerns elsewhere

Meanwhile, employees of a local government building have been asked to work from home for security reasons.

All staff at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse were urged to immediately begin a work-from-home protocol on Friday following safety concerns revealed in a building engineer report, according to a statement from local officials.

The report revealed safety concerns with various floors and recommended that floors 16 and above be closed to staff while repairs are complete, said Levine Cava, circuit court chief judge Nushin G. Sayfie and the court clerk Harvey Ruvin in a joint statement.

“Following this report, we are taking all necessary precautions and asking all staff at the 73 W Flagler Street courthouse to work from home starting immediately while the repairs can be completed,” said officials at Miami- Dade in the press release. “Over the past year, throughout the pandemic, all courthouse staff were already working remotely and only recently returned to the building, and we are moving quickly to reactivate our remote work plan. “

How to help the victims of the Surfside building collapse

Last week, residents of Crestview Towers in North Miami Beach were also asked to evacuate after a report determined the condominium building to be structurally and electrically unsafe based on an overdue recertification report for the building. nearly 50-year-old city manager Arthur H. Sorey III previously said.

How the engineer examines the building

Allyn Kilsheimer, a structural engineer hired by the town of Surfside to investigate the collapse, took CNN for a tour of Champlain Tours North on Friday.

Kilsheimer said his team had been in the North Tower for two days, using ground penetrating radar to check concrete thickness and take samples.

Kilsheimer said he hadn’t seen anything pertaining to him.

A 2020 report found that the Surfside condo lacked funds for necessary repairs.  An expert called it a

“What I’m looking for is anything that warned me (…) to get people out of the building,” he said. “I haven’t seen anything like it yet. “

Other buildings in the area will soon receive letters from the mayor advising them to take the necessary steps to assure residents that their buildings are safe, according to a copy of the letter obtained by CNN.

Regardless of the building’s age, the City recommends hiring an engineer to examine structural drawings and basements, as well as a geotechnical engineer to examine the foundations.

“The recommendations are made very cautiously based on the current state of the investigation,” the letter said. “They are intended to serve as an interim methodology to provide residents with some peace of mind until the forensic investigation further progresses. “

CNN’s Deanna Hackney, Raja Razek, Gregory Lemos, Amanda Watts and Rosa Flores contributed to this report.

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