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A resident of the Florida condo that collapsed last week recorded a leaking pipe in the garage of the building in 2018.
As of Wednesday, at least 18 people are confirmed dead after Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed last week, with 145 people still unaccounted for.
Raysa Rodriguez, a resident of the building for 17 years, filed a class-action lawsuit against the condominium association on Tuesday.
Her attorney Adam Moskowitz told CNN that Rodriguez sent a complaint to the condo association in August 2018 regarding water leaking in the parking garage.
“She’s been complaining for months, for years, Raysa has been telling the building — in photographs and video — she’s been saying the building is falling apart,” Moskowitz told CNN. “She has video of the garage. There’s dripping on her car.”
NEW: An attorney representing one of the #SurfsideCollapse survivors says she took this video in August of 2018, showing leaks by her car in the building’s underground garage. pic.twitter.com/GvItNuMIy3
— Manuel Bojorquez (@BojorquezCBS) June 30, 2021
A spokesperson for Moskowitz told CNN that the video was not part of Rodriguez’s lawsuit against the condo association but rather exemplified the issues that residents complained about at the building.
“Every week her and her friends are complaining and nobody listened to her. Nobody,” Moskowitz told CNN. “And they said ‘Your building is fine, your building is safe, don’t worry.’ This is just ridiculous. That’s why we filed a class-action lawsuit because it needs to start now.”
“These people need to grieve, but we need to start preserving the evidence,” Moskowitz continued. “We need to start getting a receiver involved if there’s claims that the homeowners have. We need to make sure the insurance money is frozen and nobody take it, because this is just horrible. The conduct is so atrocious, I’ve never seen this.”
A spokesperson for the condo association declined to comment to CNN due to pending litigation.
It’s still not clear what caused the collapse, but experts say a structural failure at the bottom of the building could be to blame.
A pool contractor who visited the building just two days before the collapse took photos of damage in the garage, showing cracks in concrete and wet floors in the pool equipment room.
The deepest area of standing water in the building was said to be located near parking spot 78 in the garage, which was directly under the condominium’s pool deck. The Herald reported Sunday that a 2018 inspection report flagged a flaw in the building’s original design, with a lack of proper drainage on the pool deck causing “major structural damage.”