Elderly couple die in Miami landslide

Gladys and Antonio Lozano got married in 1962 and since then they had spent their lives together.

Context: 2018 report warned of structural damage to Miami building

The 79- and 83-year-old couple were about to celebrate 59 years of marriage when tragedy knocked on their door.

According to information provided by his son, Sergio Lozano, both were residents of the Champlain Towers building, which this week collapsed in Miami, and which so far leaves four people dead, 159 missing and 120 more who managed to get to safety.

Sergio, who is also one of the residents of the tower next door, explains that every day he could even see his parents from the terrace of his house and that it is very sad to see how they left days before their wedding anniversary.

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One of the revelations that most disturbed the man is that they always joked that they did not want the other to die first because they did not want to be alone. They laughed and said they were going to die together.

They went together and they went fast”Sergio told the local media.

Gladys and Antonio are part of the group of people who have so far been identified.

Structural damage?

The building partially collapsed this Thursday in Surfside (Miami-Dade) It showed “significant” structural damage in 2018, according to a report by an engineering firm, which warned that if repairs were not made, the deterioration would spread.

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The damage noticed by the engineers who made an inspection in 2018 in Champlain Towers, built in 1981, was located on a concrete slab below the pool deck in need of extensive repair, local media with access to the report said.

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The report from the firm Morabito Consultants did not warn of an imminent danger from this structural damage, but it did indicate the need for repairs to solve the problem.

According to the report, cited by media such as Local 10 channel and the newspaper Miami Herald, the waterproofing under the pool deck was laid flat rather than sloped, preventing water from running off.

“The failed waterproofing is causing significant structural damage to the concrete structural slab below these areas. If the waterproofing is not replaced in the near future, deterioration of the concrete will expand exponentially,” says the report released by the mayor’s office. from Surfside.

The company recommended that the damaged slabs be replaced.

The report also found “abundant cracks and chipping” of concrete columns, beams and walls in the parking lot.

Some of the damage was minor, while other columns had exposed and deteriorated rebar.

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According to the Miami Herald newspaper, there are no clear indications in public records about whether the condominium association made some of the report’s recommendations.

The causes of the collapse are being investigated and for now there are only theories, including structural failure, a subsidence of the land and the effect of rising sea levels in the area.

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The Mayor of Surfside, Charles Burkett, said Saturday that there is concern about the sister building of Champlain Towers, also built in 1981 by the same company.