"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.