Surfside Condo Collapse Information & Resources

Surfside Condo Collapse Resources & Legal Guidance

The collapse of the Champlain South Tower condos has been a horrific tragedy. The entire team at The Ferraro Law Firm sends its best wishes and prayers to all of those who have been affected by this disaster.

Below, we have gathered a list of informational resources about events leading up to the collapse, ways to give back, the latest news on rescue efforts, and more.

Champlain Condo Collapse Statistics

40 years
: The age of the building

55 units affected

$16.2 million: Estimated costs of repairs needed to fix structural damage

35 survivors rescued from the building collapse 

2 unaccounted for as of July 19

300 emergency personnel helping with search and rescue

18 million tons of rubble removed as of July 13

How to Help the Surfside Community

Miami skyline and map of Florida showing The Ferraro Law Firm's support of Surfside

The Ferraro Law Firm recently made a $25,000 donation to the Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) to assist those affected by the Champlain South Tower collapse.

If you would like to donate money or items to help GEM’s Surfside relief efforts, please visit the following:

Other Ways to Give Back:

There are multiple organizations that are providing first responders, victims, and their families with food, supplies, and support during this difficult time. These nonprofits include:

If you would like to help by volunteering, the United Way of Miami-Dade is accepting volunteers for service projects throughout the community.

Latest News: Information About Rescue Efforts, Investigations, and More

Additional Surfside Building Collapse Resources

Champlain Towers Condo Collapse: Timeline of Events

Surfside Champlain South Tower condos prior to building collapse

1981: Construction on the Champlain Towers finishes. The buildings were among the first to be built after a moratorium on new construction in Miami-Dade county ended.

October 2018: A structural field study found that the building was suffering from “major structural damage” caused by waterproofing failures below the pool deck and entrance drive.

November 2018: Surfside building official Rosendo Prieto tells residents that they should not worry about the findings from the October report. He says that after reviewing the structural engineer’s report, that it appeared the “building is in very good shape.”

April 2020: A study published in the Ocean and Coastal Management Journal by Florida International University professor Shimon Wdowinski found that the area of land underneath the Champlain South Tower had been gradually sinking since the 1990s.

April 9, 2021: The president of the Champlain condo association Jean Wodnicki sends a letter to residents noting that the building’s structural damage had gotten “significantly worse” and that the concrete deterioration was “accelerating.” Estimated costs for repairs to fix the waterproofing and pool deck area had increased to $16.2 million. Residents would be expected to cover $15.5 million of the repair costs starting July 1.

June 22, 2021: Two days before the collapse, a contractor takes pictures of the building’s water damage as part of his company’s bid for restoration work on the pool. The pictures showed exposed and corroded rebar under the pool, cracks in the concrete, and standing water in the parking garage and pool equipment room.

June 24, 2021: 1:20 a.m. The Champlain South Tower building partially collapses, destroying 55 units.

June 24, 2021: 1:23 a.m. The Miami-Dade fire rescue responds to multiple emergency calls. First responders begin to rescue trapped survivors from balconies using cherry pickers.

June 24, 2021: 8 a.m. Officials report that all of the 35 survivors had been rescued from inside the building. Also in the morning, a reunification hotline and center (the Surfside Community Center) is established.

June 25: President Biden declares a state of emergency in Florida. FEMA is deployed to aid in the search and rescue efforts.

June 26: Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava orders an emergency audit of buildings that are four stories or higher and 40 years or older.

June 28: Rosendo Prieto, the building official that told Champlain residents the building was safe in 2018, is placed on leave.

June 30: The National Institute of Standards and Technology announces they will investigate the cause of the collapse. It is only the fifth investigation the group has conducted in the last 20 years. Past investigations include the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. Their findings will be used to help determine what changes need to be made to laws and building codes to prevent a similar collapse in the future.

July 1: President Biden visits Surfside to meet with first responders and families who have lost or are missing loved ones.

July 4: The remaining sections of the Champlain South Tower is demolished over concerns of an additional collapse.

Champlain Towers Building Collapse FAQs

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