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Florida Reservoir Breach Could Cause Severe Flooding, Officials Say

The authorities in Florida said on Sunday that they were working to drain a leaking reservoir at a former phosphate mine in Manatee County, warning that a full breach could result in a 20-foot wall of water.

“Yesterday, due to potential of a breach of the south reservoir in Piney Point facility, I issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Manatee, as well as in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties due to the proximity of these counties to the Eastport Terminal facility. And what we’re looking at now is trying to prevent and respond to, if need be, a real catastrophic flood situation. Controlled discharges began on March 30 and continued today. The controlled discharges are averaging about 35 million gallons per day. Manatee County public safety officials sent out evacuation notices to residents and businesses in the surrounding area and assisted with the evacuation of 316 homes that were in the evacuation zone near Piney Point. To be clear, the water being discharged to Port Manatee is not radioactive. It is primarily saltwater from the Port Manatee dredge project, mixed with legacy process water and stormwater runoff. The water was tested prior to discharges. The primary concern is nutrients. The water meets water quality standards for marine waters, with the exception primarily of the phosphorus and the nitrogen.” “We’re down to about 340 million gallons that could breach in totality in a period of minutes. And the models for less than an hour are as high as a 20-foot wall of water.”

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