"We're talking about the potential of about (480) million gallons, within a matter of seconds and minutes, leaving that retention pool and going around the surrounding area,"

Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes near Tampa Bay, Florida – where a wastewater reservoir threatens to fail, raising fears of a “catastrophic flood.”

  • The Florida governor declared a state of emergency in the county: “What we’re looking at now is trying to prevent — and respond to if need be — a catastrophic flood issue,” Gov. DeSantis.
  • The reservoir is called “Piney Point” – a former phosphate plant – but the facility is showing signs of leakage.
  • Residents and some workers were evacuated.
  • The plant holds wastewater from past fertilizer production; early reports called the water “radioactive” but the Florida Department of Environmental Protection says that’s not the case.
  • Why It Matters: The wastewater plant has been a matter of debate for decades, and the potential failure of the reservoir raises concerns about damage to surrounding wildlife in Tampa Bay, loss of property and harm to individuals.

Read more HERE and the latest from the Florida governor.