The search operation in the rubble of the Champlain Towers South complex in Miami-Dade resumed on Monday, shortly after what remained standing was demolished Sunday night.
The decision was made in response to the threat posed by tropical storm “Elsa” in South Florida. Part of the 12-story building collapsed on June 24 and so far 27 people have died and 118 are still missing.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava confirmed to NBC News on Monday that search crews were cleared to return to work around midnight Sunday after a controlled demolition of the remaining wreckage of Surfside.
“It was absolutely perfect. We’re very, very grateful to be able to take this building down and move forward with our search efforts,” Levine Cava said.
The explosive charges were placed in holes drilled into the reinforced concrete structure.
Demolition of Champlain Towers South would facilitate the work of rescuers
Over the weekend, local authorities reported that the demolition would allow access to places where previously it was not possible and from which no one else has been rescued alive, except those who were helped during the first hours after the collapse.
The debris from the implosion did not fall on those who remained after the partial collapse of the building, which collapsed suddenly and for reasons under investigation.
Rescuers and authorities had agreed to demolish what was left standing of Champlain Towers South, located in front of the Atlantic Ocean, in view of the risks posed by tropical storm Elsa, which is expected to start making its effects felt in the form of rain and winds in South Florida from Tuesday.