Updated Jul 5, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Crews prepare for Surfside condo demolition

Workers prepare the remaining part of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building for a controlled demolition on July 4, 2021 in Surfside, Florida.
Workers prepare the remaining part of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building for a controlled demolition on Sundayin Surfside, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Crews were preparing for the controlled demolition of the remaining portion of the partially collapsed condo building in Surfside, Florida, on Sunday evening.

The latest: Miami-Dade officials told a news conference crews will aim to bring down the building between 10 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Monday, ahead of the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa.

The big picture: The search stopped about 4 p.m. on Saturday, according to Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah.

  • "Within a matter of minutes...[rescue workers] will be back on the scene," said Kevin Guthrie, head of emergency management for Florida, according to the Miami Herald.
  • Elsa was tracking toward South Florida on Monday with both heavy rain and sustained winds of 60 mph, CNN reported on Sunday.
  • So far, 24 people have been killed and 124 remain unaccounted for, Cava said on Saturday, according to AP.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details, including on the scheduled time of the demolition.

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