Residents in Buildings Near Miami Crane Collapse Being Evacuated

City officials say crane has yet to be secured

Voluntary evacuations were underway Tuesday at two buildings in downtown Miami near the site of a high rise construction crane collapse that happened during Hurricane Irma.

Police and fire rescue were evacuating residents from the east side of a building at 479 Northeast 30th Street and the entire building at 505 Northeast 30th Street, officials said.

The two buildings are across the street from the Gran Paraiso construction site where a crane collapsed during Hurricane Irma and that crane has yet to be secured.

Plaza Construction, the general contractor, has been notified that there are available hotel rooms in the areas for evacuees. However, resident Rodrigo Nuno was outraged and told NBC 6 he wasn't told which hotels were available. He also added that he couldn't afford a new place to stay with his wife and young child. 

"We're in the dark. We don't know what's going on. We just came out of a hurricane like everybody else in Miami," said Dev Austin, a resident in one of the two buildings.

Another woman said she evacuated less than 24 hours after returning home after evacuating for Hurricane Irma. She, her two cats and dog were escorted out by police. She said she was grateful for their help, but was overcome with emotion. 

The city has also coordinated efforts by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson to move displaced residents from a structure which suffered hurricane damage, has no electricity and houses elderly residents. Approximately 50 residents are being transported from Civic Towers at 1855 NW 15th Avenue to a local shelter.

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