Possible second leak detected at compromised Florida reservoir

Possible second leak detected at compromised Florida reservoir


A possible second breach has been detected at the Florida wastewater reservoir facing imminent collapse, officials said Monday, as efforts to mitigate the damage by draining water ahead of a possible structural failure intensified.

Jake Saur, the public safety director for Manatee County, made the troubling revelation during what’s become a daily press briefing on the impending failure of a reservoir at the abandoned Piney Point phosphate plant outside Tampa.

“At approximately 2 a.m., an infrared drone identified a signature that could indicate a second breach,” said Saur.

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However, he and other officials noted that there has been no increase in the rate of leakage from the reservoir, which an army of local, state and federal workers are in the process of draining via pump in an attempt to mitigate damage should the barrier give out.

A possible second breach has been detected at the Florida wastewater reservoir at the abandoned Piney Point phosphate plant.Tiffany Tompkins/The Bradenton Herald via

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