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President Biden, First Lady will travel to Surfside

Joe Biden, Jill Biden
Posted at 11:05 AM, Jun 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-29 12:02:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The White House announced Tuesday morning that President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Surfside.

According to the press release, the Bidens will arrive in Surfside on Thursday, July 1.

The administration did not disclose what Biden will do in the Miami-area community or where, but officials said additional details will follow.

At least 11 people have now been confirmed dead in the collapse at the Champlain Towers South Condominium and about 150 people remain unaccounted for, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Monday.

Since the collapse, first responders have been working around the clock in 12-hour shifts as they continue their search and rescue efforts at the site.

On Monday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki provided an update on what the White House is doing to help the recovery efforts. She said Biden has sent his FEMA administrator to Florida and the administration has more than 50 personnel on the ground coordinating with state and local officials to provide assistance.

“FEMA has deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team, as well as building science experts, structural engineers, and geotechnical experts to support search-and-rescue operations and a mobile command center,” said Psaki.

She also said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is being assigned to provide technical assistance for debris removal.