Looking back at the Surfside apartment collapse 6 months later



Tragedy struck Florida on June 24, when the Champlain Towers South apartment building in Surfside collapsed, killing 98 people.

Einat Glen wants to do more than pray to get through the pain she feels, but she’s not qualified to search for the missing. She did the next best thing, volunteering to help at the family reunification center. Glen is one of many people who have helped those affected by the collapse.

“It feels like 9/11, exactly the same,” Glen said. “When you see it on TV, you can’t believe it. I remember I moved to the United States the same year 9/11 happened and I remember seeing it and not believing it, and now again. ”

Several first responders on Southwest Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 6 left Lee County and traveled across the state to help with recovery efforts. After arriving, they work 12 hours, rest 12 hours.

They have “made a difference, to help our brothers and sisters on the east coast who need to make a difference,” said Greg Dewitt, task force leader of USAR 6. of Florida said.

The recovery effort lasted nearly a month, ending July 23. As teams worked on the site, family, friends and neighbors created a memorial for the missing right across the street. . Flowers, candles and toys are a sign of lost lives.

“We’re going to stick this on the wall at the memorial to hopefully people find the person, and we’re going to bring home fries to the families and first responders so they can eat them,” said Jasmine Vasquez , from Miami said. “I just hope this can show people that we’re all together and we’re all from different places, we all want to help each other.”

Everyone organizes vigilance. More than 100 people joined together on July 28, when the organizers handed out white roses and glow sticks and people came together to silently meditate and create a healing space. They also burn incense during the vigil as a way to clear the area of ​​the tragic events that have occurred.

The apartment building is in the midst of a mandatory 40-year structural review and about to do a $15 million upgrade A new lawsuit blames the construction of another high-rise next door.

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