More than 150 people are still missing after two days of parts of the twelve-story Sampline Towers South building in Miami collapsed. Four people have been confirmed dead.
It is not yet known why the building suddenly collapsed as rescue crews searched for survivors.
– Many in this community, and really all over Florida, want to know, how does a building collapse? Florida Gov. Ron Desantis said CNN Friday.
The report was released by local authorities on Friday. It is not known if the building was damaged by the collapse.
Damage to concrete structures
According to the report, the “main problem” with the Sampline Towers was that the planting was done “in a flat structure” at the entrance to the pool area and outside the building. This prevented water from escaping, which caused damage to the concrete structures.
“The issue needs to be resolved quickly,” the engineer wrote after an inspection of his building.
“Failure to replace waterproofing in the future will cause the amount of concrete decay to expand exponentially,” he warned.
The parking garage under the entrance to the building “showed signs of construction fatigue” and there were several significant cracks in the concrete, the report said.
Recommended for repairs in April
Miami Herald The engineer writes that it is not yet known whether the building damage warned of has been repaired. According to New York Times Based on the engineer’s warnings there were plans for a detailed work to be started soon
Among the proposed projects for the repair and restoration of the building, which was completed in April this year, Morabito’s company recommended significant repairs of concrete and foundation walls by the pool area.
Attorney Kenneth S., associated with the apartment building. The director told The New York Times Thursday that damage to the concrete and stainless steel structure needed to be repaired, but nothing found indicated the building could collapse.
Decreased since the 90s
According to a study conducted last year, several American media outlets report that Sampline Towers South has sunk two millimeters annually since the 1990s.
The study was led by Shimon Vodovinsky, a researcher in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the International University of Florida.
He says he immediately thought of Sampline Towers South when he saw the news of the building collapsing in Miami.
– When I heard that a building had collapsed, I immediately thought it must be that building. When I saw it on TV, I thought, “God, we found it last year,” he told USA Today.