Bal Harbour Mayor Gabriel Groisman described the scene on the Champlain Towers collapse as “devastating.” Bal Harbour is round a mile north of Surfside, Florida, the place the collapse occurred.
“Frankly, it’s devastating. The positioning is devastating,” Groisman instructed CNN’s Ana Cabrera, including that half of the constructing is “a pile of rubble.”
Groisman, who toured the location of the collapse with the governor and different elected officers, mentioned what struck him was the silence on the scene.
“What stood out was the quiet,” he mentioned. “To see the constructing simply sitting there in simply silence, you understand the unlucky reality of the very fact there are various individuals which can be in that rubble and all you hear is silence. And it’s actually deafening.”
Officers mentioned search and rescue efforts might take almost per week. No less than 51 people who find themselves assumed to reside within the constructing are unaccounted for, officers mentioned, however it’s unclear if any of them have been dwelling on the time of the collapse.
Groisman mentioned he lived within the constructing from 1983 to 1991 and described it as one “that typically, not less than from the surface, appears to be in good situation.”
The group is essentially Jewish, Groisman mentioned, and the constructing is generally occupied by senior residents and younger households.
Groisman revealed he is aware of various people who find themselves unaccounted for, including that the group is “tight knit.”