WATCH LIVE: Latest updates on Surfside condo collapse recovery mission
As the efforts to recover victims of the Surfside condo collapse press on, leaders are scheduled to share the latest updates at a 10 a.m. news conference Tuesday.
You can watch it live at the top of this page.
On Monday, the death toll rose to 94, with Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava saying that identifying victims from the June 24 tragedy at the Champlain Towers South has become increasingly challenging.
“I want to stress the police and medical examiner teams are continuing around the clock work to identify victims,” she said. “However, the process has become more difficult as time goes on. The recovery at this point is yielding human remains.”
Rain and lightning were also an impediment Monday, and crews had to put out a fire sparked by gasoline from one of the cars buried in the pile.
Police did publicly released the names of nine more victims Monday:
Lisa Rosenberg, 27 (recovered Friday)Arnold Notkin, 87 (recovered Friday)Judith Spiegel, 65 (recovered Friday)Margarita Vasquez Bello, 68 (recovered Saturday)Cassie Billedeau Stratton, 40 (recovered Saturday)Fabian Nunez, 57 (recovered Thursday)Catalina Gomez Ramirez, 45 (recovered Saturday)Nicole Dawn Doran, 43 (recovered Friday)Beatriz Rodriguez Guerra, 52 (recovered Thursday)
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The recovery crews working the rubble have also been finding personal possessions, including some as small as rings and jewelry.
“The work is so delicate that we’re even finding unbroken wine bottles,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said. He said because of the information families have provided, search teams often know what to look for in specific parts of the pile. He held up a photo of a ring that was found in the wreckage where searchers believed it would be.
“They’re expecting to find these things. And in this case, they did,” Burkett said.
Police have added manpower to the site to ensure those personal belongings are recovered for the families.
And Burkett said Monday that discussions are underway about what will happen with the future of the condo collapse site.
“It’s obvious that this has become much more than a collapsed building site,” he said. “It has become a holy site.”
Officials have said it could still be a couple of weeks until the crews finish the recovery mission.
In the meantime, an engineer hired by the Town of Surfside to investigate the cause of the collapse is looking for clues in the building’s twin, Champlain Towers North.
“We are just understanding how the building was put together in this north building, which will help us understand a little bit better in the south building,” Allyn Kilsheimer told Local 10 News.
Lt. Gov. Jeanette Núñez said that the website SurfsideAssistance.com has been set up so people can apply for help if affected by the tragedy.
Those wishing to donate to help the impacted families can click here.
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