Miami Beach declares state of emergency over Florida building collapse

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The city of Miami Beach declared a state of emergency Sunday in the wake of the collapse of a condo building in neighboring Surfside, so that it can recoup at least some related costs.

The deadly disaster “steps away” from the city’s northern border has meant that local sites and streets have been used as staging areas and command centers, and there should be financial reimbursement, officials said on Twitter.

Declaring a state of emergency allows an area to seek federal funding.

“A significant portion of the staging for the emergency response efforts is taking place within Miami Beach, including use of city streets, property and other facilities for search and rescue command centers,” city officials said in a press release Sunday.

“Due to the structure’s close proximity to Miami Beach — immediately north of 87 Terrace — the city has temporarily closed North Beach Oceanside Park and canceled or moved events north of 63 Street, including at the North Beach Bandshell,” the release said.

Miami-Dade County, which includes Surfside, has already declared a state of emergency, as has Florida in general.

Crews continue to work around the clock to search for survivors in the rubble of Chamberlain Towers South in Surfside.

The 12-story tower collapsed around 1:30 a.m. Thursday killing at least nine people and leaving more than 150 still unaccounted for.

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