SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Because the hunt for survivors of a Florida condo give arrangement enters its 2nd week, rescue crews and relatives of those tranquil lacking are scheduled to meet with President Joe Biden Thursday, in a visit many are hoping will present some measure of comfort to a devastated community.
Biden and first woman Jill Biden arrangement to thank first responders and search and rescue teams. They also arrangement to meet with the families of victims, White Dwelling press secretary Jen Psaki said.
The president’s visit comes per week after Champlain Towers South, a 12-story beachfront condominium constructing in Surfside, suddenly came crashing down, leaving a pancaked rubble.
Search crews going via the ruins chanced on the remains of six of us Wednesday, bringing the sequence of confirmed ineffective to 18. The sequence of residents unaccounted for stands at 145.
Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez said he hopes Biden’s visit will be a morale booster for the full community.
“We’ve had several challenges from climate, sorrow, difficulty. And I agree with that the president coming will lift some solidarity here for our community, fortify, like our governor, our mayor, all of us together,” he said.
Psaki said the president and first woman also desire to be sure that state and native officials dangle the assets and fortify they need under an emergency declaration accredited by Biden for Miami-Dade. She emphasized Wednesday that the White House is being cautious to coordinate with officials on the flooring to be obvious Biden’s visit doesn’t enact one thing to “pull away” from the ongoing search and rescue effort.
Boom Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said he hopes to emphasize to Biden that there would possibly per chance be a need for mental smartly being assets to cope with rescue workers for post-aggravating stress disorder.
“These guys are so blindly spellbinding in regards to the mission of saving lives, and unfortunately they scrutinize things they’ll’t unsee,” Patronis said.
“We desire to be sure that after they in the smash enact lope dwelling, that we’re giving them the energy … to be ready to safe abet to work with out difficulty of nightmares and challenges.”
Since the tragedy, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, a Democrat, dangle projected a united and cooperative front as they respond to the disaster.
Previously, they had once in some time sparred over how most spellbinding to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, with clashes over carrying masks and other measures to again a watch on the pandemic. Nonetheless no indicators of partisanship dangle been evident in Surfside.
DeSantis has spoken appreciatively of the relief coming from Washington, even commending the Biden administration for “stepping up to the plate.”
“We truly like having the fortify of the president,” DeSantis said at a Friday news conference in Surfside — even though hours before, he had blasted President Joe Biden’s border policies in the end of an earlier press conference in the state’s Panhandle.
DeSantis, who is up for reelection next year, is claimed to be exploring a bustle for the presidency in 2024.
Among the many remains chanced on Wednesday had been those of a mom and her two daughters, ages 4 and 10, a loss that Cava known as “too stout to undergo.”
Miami-Dade police identified the kids as 10-year-worn Lucia Guara and 4-year-worn Emma Guara, and their mom as 42-year-worn Anaely Rodriguez. The remains of their father, Marcus Guara, 52, had been pulled from the rubble Saturday and identified Monday.
The trigger of the give arrangement is under investigation. A 2018 engineering bellow chanced on that the constructing’s flooring-flooring pool deck used to be resting on a concrete slab that had “main structural harm” and wished in depth repairs. The bellow also chanced on “noteworthy cracking” of concrete columns, beams and walls in the parking garage.
Factual two months before the constructing came down, the president of its board wrote a letter to residents announcing that structural problems identified in the 2018 inspection had “gotten vastly worse” and that main repairs would trace no longer lower than $15.5 million. With bids for the work tranquil pending, the constructing suddenly collapsed final Thursday.
Connected Press creator Adriana Gomez Licon in Miami and Bobby Caina Calvan in Tallahassee contributed to this bellow.