SHOCKING footage has emerged showing water pouring into the rubble-laden garage of the doomed Miami condo moments before it collapsed last week – as the death toll rose to 18 on Wednesday.
Tourist Adriana Sarmiento told ABC News that the video recorded at Champlain Tower South was shot minutes before the disaster in the early hours last Thursday.
As of Wednesday, 18 people had been reported dead including the latest casualties – two children aged four and 10 – while 149 people were 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.
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.”
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.