Search, rescue resumes, Tropical Storm Elsa, FEMA aid

Search, rescue resumes, Tropical Storm Elsa, FEMA aid


A day after President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden thanked first responders and visited families affected by the Surfside condo collapse, search and rescue operations continued as experts work to find out the cause of the unexpected catastrophe.

Rescue operations resume at Surfside

After a more than 14-hour cease in operations due to structural concerns, search and rescue efforts resumed at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. Officials said safety mitigation measures were in place and the teams would be searching three of nine grids. 

The structural integrity of a section of the building still standing was in question and caused rescue teams to cease operating at about 2:15 a.m. Thursday. Miami-Dade County’s mayor said engineers are working on a way to potentially demolish the remaining portion of the building, while allowing for the search to continue.



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