December 9, 2022

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Miami collapse – Vid taken moments before disaster showing water FLOODING into garage emerges as death toll rises to 18

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A TOURIST has shared a video recorded at Champlain Tower South that appears to show water pouring out of a ceiling in a parking garage and rubble on the ground.

Adriana Sarmiento told ABC News that the video was shot minutes before the condo in Miami partially collapsed on Thursday.

A tourist has shared a video said to be recorded at the Champlain Tower South

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A tourist has shared a video said to be recorded at the Champlain Tower SouthCredit: TikTok/ adrianitacastillero
The video appears to show water leaking form a garage roof and rubble on the ground

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The video appears to show water leaking form a garage roof and rubble on the groundCredit: TikTok/ adrianitacastillero
The footage, shot by Adriana Sarmiento, also showed the partially collapsed condo

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The footage, shot by Adriana Sarmiento, also showed the partially collapsed condoCredit: TikTok/ adrianitacastillero

As of Wednesday, 18 people had been reported dead, with nearly 150 people still unaccounted for.

Sarmiento, who reportedly shared the video on TikTok, said she and her husband were on vacation when they heard a loud noise while swimming in the pool at the nearby Bluegreen Vacations Solara Surfside Resort.

When Sarmiento went to investigate, said she saw water flowing from the parking garage and rubble on the floor.

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According to phone records, the video was shot at 1:18 a.m. – minutes before part of the condo collapsed.

Sarmiento said tried alerting residents to the danger, but then though, “things like that don’t happen in America.”

As of Wednesday, 18 people had been pronounced dead, and around 150 were still missing

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As of Wednesday, 18 people had been pronounced dead, and around 150 were still missingCredit: AP

Residents, Sarminento believed, might have thought she was exaggerating the danger.

When the tragedy occurred, there were substantial renovations and repairs underway leading up to the building’s 40-year certification.

The group behind the construction of Eighty Seven Park released a statement saying they are confident the construction “did not cause or contribute to the collapse that took place in Surfside.”

In 2018, a report found there were several issues with the Champlain Towers South condo, but a former building official told the residents the building was “in very good shape.”

On April 9, 75 days before the condo collapsed, the condo’s board also sent a letter to residents warning that the damage found in 2018 had been “accelerating” over the years.

Wodnicki noted that failing to fix the problems in the “near future will cause the extent of the concrete deterioration to expand exponentially.”

Moreover, residents of the condos had reportedly voted to pay for the repairs, despite an estimated $16.2million price tag.

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