Florida Governor Orders Evacuation From 300 Homes as Flooding Threats Rise

Florida Governor Orders Evacuation From 300 Homes as Flooding Threats Rise

More than 300 Florida homes south of Tampa are under evacuation orders as crews worked Sunday to prevent the release of hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater from an old phosphate plant.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has declared a state of emergency, said Sunday that officials feared major flooding in the Tampa Bay area.

“What we’re looking at now is trying to prevent and respond to, if need be, a real catastrophic flood situation,” Mr. DeSantis said at a press conference.

Officials from Manatee County said that between 2 million and 3 million gallons per day were leaking out of a 79-acre pond at the old Piney Point phosphate plant. They warned on Saturday that chances were growing that a “large section of the pond would wash away,” causing the release of 380 million gallons of wastewater.

On Sunday, the Florida National Guard delivered two pumps to the old plant with helicopters. The pumps will be used to lower the water level so that crews can repair the leak.

Source: WSJ – US News

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