Florida Gov. Ron Desantis (R) declared a state of emergency and issued evacuation notices Saturday due to the uncontrollable wastewater release in Manatee County.
This weekend, the state advised hundreds of residents to evacuate their homes in Manatee County, Florida. WTSP-TV reported there was a “significant leak” at a pond located by the former Piney Point phosphate processing plant.
The Manatee director of public safety, Jake Saur, said, “A portion of the containment wall at the leak site shifted laterally. …signifying that structural collapse could occur at any time.”
On Saturday, DeSantis issued the state of emergency, saying, “due to a possible break of mixed saltwater from the south reservoir at the Piney Point facility,” he will declare “a State of Emergency for Manatee County to ensure resources are allocated for necessary response & recovery.”