Miami Beach residents forced to evacuate building deemed unsafe

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Miami Beach residents were forced to evacuate their apartment building last week after it was deemed life-threatening due to a partial roof collapse.

Residents were told at 2 p.m. last Wednesday that they had to leave at 7 p.m. until repairs to the building were completed, according to WSVN.

A “Dangerous Structure” notice has been affixed to the building.

The roof collapse occurred where the building’s electrical systems merge. Residents of Florida’s coastal high-rises have been jittery in the year since a Surfside apartment building collapse killed 98 people.

“We’re all in a scramble to figure out what to do,” resident Jose Maldonado told WSVN. “It’s not the first time that a madness that affects everyone in the building has happened, so I think people are generally anxious, upset, moved.”

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The cause of the roof collapse is still unclear, but residents of the four-story, 54-unit building remember water damage caused by rain. Once the collapse occurred, water entered the building. Another resident, Eddy Trotter, said the building’s plumbing problem isn’t new.

“They are aware of the plumbing issues in the building, the drainage and the riser, and the fire department is aware as well, Trotter said.

The building released a statement in response to the evacuation.

“I know people are pretty upset,” Maldonado said, “but in the aftermath of what happened at Surfside, I’d rather hear a bunch of angry neighbors than a bunch of sad families, so I appreciate that the property management is doing what it can to get us out.”

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Rescue workers at the site of a partially collapsed residential building in Surfside, near Miami Beach, Florida on June 29, 2021. (Reuters/Joe Skipper)

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The emergency evacuation caused no injuries.

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