MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Town of Surfside is quickly trying to pump out water from the site where the Champlain Towers South once stood.
“Miami Dade County turned off the pumps that they had several weeks ago and so all the rain that has been coming down from the sky has been collecting in this basement and there’s very few ways for it to get out,” says Allyn Kilsheimer, structural engineer.READ MORE: CBS4 Investigates: Man Accused Of Killing Ryan Rogers Could Have Faced Two Decades In Prison For Prior Crime
Kilsheimer is working as an expert for the town, and spoke with CBS 4 News from the collapse site as crews work to drain out all the water.
He says it’s too to tell where the water came from and how much water is here.READ MORE: Glenneisha Darkins Perseveres During Art Week Despite Challenges
Crews are also taking water samples and setting up water pumps.
Surfside’s mayor says the town is being forced to foot the bill.
The town was willing to do everything to the bottom of why the building fell down, but we were stopped, we were told cease and desist back off, but now not were being invited to pay the cost of the investigation,” says Mayor Charles Burkett.MORE NEWS: New Warning For Parents Regarding Omicron COVID-19 Variant
The town is hoping that the water is completely gone by the weekend so operations at the collapse site can resume Monday.