The following article, Wild Video Shows Damage to Surfside Condo Moments Before Collapse, was first published on Flag And Cross.
In a small neighborhood just north of Miami, a great number of Floridians are mourning after a high-rise condo partially collapsed, killing at least 18 people. That number is expected to rise sharply, however, as over 140 remain unaccounted for.
At this moment, investigators aren’t entirely sure what could have caused the terrifying collapse, and they haven’t ruled anything out just yet.
Now, a new video has surfaced showing what appears to be major damage to the building just moments before it fell.
A couple staying at a nearby hotel recorded video that shows debris and gushing water in the underground parking garage of the Surfside condominium building minutes before it collapsed.
Adriana Sarmiento and Roberto Castillero were at a nearby hotel when they recorded video in the early hours of June 24. One recording, taken after the couple heard a loud crash, shows a view through the gate for the parking garage. Water can be seen coming down and concrete rubble appears to have fallen.
The couple watched as residents of the Champlain Towers South building rushed to their balconies, confused about the sound. Sarmiento said she and Castillero scrambled into the street, trying to wave for residents to evacuate, but they couldn’t understand her.
The video was worrisome, to say the least.
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Rescue efforts were suspended on Thursday, a full week after the collapse, on account of concerns that the remainder of the structure had become unstable.
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