- An April letter obtained by USA Today warned that conditions in Champlain Towers South were worsening.
- The head of the condo association said the building’s garage and concrete had significant damage.
- The building collapsed last Thursday. 11 are confirmed dead, and 150 remain missing.
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The president of the association for the collapsed Florida condo warned months before the fatal disaster that conditions in the building’s basement garage were worsening.
In an April 9 letter obtained by USA Today, Jean Wodnicki, president of the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, said the damage had “gotten significantly worse” since an inspection around two and a half years before.
She also said that existing deterioration of the building’s concrete was “accelerating” and detailed major repairs that were needed, USA Today reported.
She said that “the observable damage such as in the garage has gotten significantly worse.”
“When you can visually see the concrete spalling (cracking), that means that the rebar holding it together is rusting and deteriorating beneath the surface,” she said, USA Today reported.
The building collapsed last Thursday. Eleven people have been confirmed dead, while dozens are still missing.
It is not yet clear what caused the building’s collapse.
Wodnicki survived the collapse, a condo association attorney said, USA Today reported.