CONDO – Engineer warned of ‘major structural damage’ years ago, report (WATCH Official Update)

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Consultant found evidence of damaged concrete below pool deck, parking garage

A consultant had warned three years before the deadly collapse of a south Florida condominium building that there was evidence of “major structural damage” to the concrete slab below the pool deck and abundant cracking and crumbling in the underground parking garage, the New York Times reported early on Saturday.

A large section of the 12-storey building in the Miami suburb of Surfside, Fla., collapsed suddenly in the early hours of Thursday as residents slept, in a disaster whose cause is not yet known.

Four people have been confirmed dead and 159 are still unaccounted for, with search-and-rescue teams working around the clock through an unstable mountain of debris. A Global Affairs Canada spokesperson told CBC News on Friday that preliminary reports indicate that at least four Canadian citizens “may be affected” by the collapse in Surfside.

The Times said that consultant engineer Frank Morabito’s October 2018 report had helped shape plans for a repair project that was set to get underway soon, more than two and a half years after the building managers were warned.

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