Rescuers have been combing through concrete up to 16 feet deep since part of the Champlain Towers South crashed down June 24 in Surfside. And still, 128 people remain unaccounted for, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.
The state is working on a “dual track” with the collapse site and Hurricane Elsa potentially hitting South Florida in coming days, Gov. Ron DeSantis said.
“We could see tropical force winds as early as Sunday night in southern Florida,” DeSantis said Friday. “And so we’re actively monitoring the situation like we always would do with these storms. But given what we’re doing on this site, we’re also paying special attention to any impacts that could happen here in Northeast Miami Dade County.
“Our Department of Emergency Management is assuming that that will happen and making the necessary preparations to be able obviously to protect a lot of the equipment. You could potentially have an event out with the building, as well,” he said.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the families affected by this horrific tragedy. We can confirm that a member of our City of Miami Fire Department family has lost his 7 year old daughter in the collapse,” MDFR Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban said in a statement.
The girl was “recovered last night by members of our Urban Search and Rescue Team, Florida Task Force 2,” the statement says.
The girl’s father did…