Live Updates: Drone Spots Another Potential Leak at Piney Point
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Manatee County officials say they are investigating a second possible leak spotted by a drone in the Piney Point plant Monday.What You Need To Know
Possible second leak spotted by drone
Nearby homes and businesses stay under danger wastewater flooding danger from potential collapse of a gypsum stack at Piney Point phosphate Website
Rep. Vern Buchanan:”When I watch water flowing into Tampa Bay, I feel sick about it”
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“To observe the fact from up there’s really concerning to mepersonally,” he explained.
Buchanan said he’s working with police officers to help protect”the best and the brightest on the floor “
“That is something, sadly, that could have been dealt with over time,” he explained. However he stressed now is not the time to assign blame but rather to ensure houses, businesses and marine life are all somewhat secure.
“Once I watch water flowing into Tampa Bay, I feel sick about it,” he explained.
There were about 306 million gallons of water left from the Piney Point reservoir, down from 480 million gallons. From Monday afternoon, the amount was under 300 million.
Twenty pumps are deployed to the website in order to transfer the water into surrounding waterways. With added pumps in route, officials expect to double the number that they can pump out per day, which is about 70 million gallons each day.
Officials say that this will relieve pressure on the breach, preventing a entire collapse. If that could happen, officials stated the surrounding areas may see a 20 foot wall of water.
The county is currently running hourly flyovers of the website with drone celebrities to test things.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has moved 345 inmates into an undisclosed site. About 720 inmates nevertheless stay in the facility and have been moved into the upper heights of their jail.
At Monday morning, officials are saying no news is great news, and with all the controlled release of the water, they all expect to be in a much better position by Tuesday.
The Manatee County School District has suspended all school bus transportation inside the Piney Point Evacuation Zone for the whole period of the evacuation sequence.
Here’s the listing of colleges and bus stops affected:
2405 113th St E
11209 Bud Rhoden Rd
Bud Rhoden Rd & 100th Ct E
34th Dr E & Moccasin Wallow Rd
Artisan Lakes Parkway & Mabry Dr (potentially)
Palm View K-8
100 Ct E & Bud Rhoden Rd
Moccasin Wallow Rd & 34th Dr E
2405 113th St E
10351 Bud Rhoden
Buffalo Creek Middle
Lincoln Memorial Academy
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday day that hundreds of jail inmates will be moved to an undisclosed place in response to the Piney Point phosphate plant retention pond leak.
A total of 345 inmates will be moved in order to free up bed area on the upper amount of the jail, MCSO public information officer Randy Warren stated in an email.
“For safety purposes, we are not providing details at this time about the transfer of inmates,” he explained. “Sheriff Rick Wells and employees are still in constant communication with officials to the situation. We’re aren’t expecting over a foot of water jail property, in the worst case scenario.”
The release didn’t say how long officials expected that the inmates’ relocation to last.
About 720 inmates will stay in the jail after the 345 are moved.
2 p.m. UPDATE: Controlled waste water release is continuing Sunday afternoon in the Piney Point phosphate plant, based on Manatee County officials. Manatee County Commission Chairman Vanessa Baugh explained the danger stays but officials are more comfortable Sunday with care attempts than 24 hours before.
Additional pumps have been set up and expected to make a major difference in the danger of a complete breach of the resevrvoir.
Additionally, Baugh stressed there are no threats to drinking water in the area.
For the most recent information on the Piney Point facility, visit mymanatee.org/pineypoint.
After a tour by air of the Piney Point phosphate website Easter dawn, Gov. Ron DeSantis emphasized that job has been done to control the wastewater discharge, and environmental concerns have been addressed and a permanent remedy to the issue will be pursued.
Engineering teams and state and environmental officials continue to work on the developing breach and potential collapse of a gypsum stack in the Piney Point phosphate website in Manatee County.
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What began as a flow that prompted 10-15 houses to be evacuated escalated on Saturday since Florida ordered over 300 houses to be evacuated and closed off several roadways Saturday near the massive reservoir north of Bradenton. Officials also have said a collapse may be”imminent”
DeSantis arranged a Condition of Emergency for Manatee County Saturday that later expanded into Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
What You Need To Know
Crews continue work on potential collapse of gypsum stack at Piney Point facility in Manatee County
Evacuations, street closures stay near Piney Point phosphogypsum stacks
More: Information on the leak from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
“What we are looking at now is attempting to stop and respond to when need be is a real catastrophic flood scenario,” DeSantis said, adding public health and security is your top priority, in addition to minimizing any environmental consequences.
The governor said an additional 20 pumps and 10 vacuums have been brought into continue from the controlled release of wastewater, roughly 35 million gallons each day. That is critical to prevent a complete breach of the leaking Piney Point reservoir.
He urged residents to follow evacuation orders from the areas affected by the continuing flow and said residents can call 311 for info, follow @ManateeGov on Twitter or visit protectingfloridatogether.gov/ / PineyPoint for updates.
U.S. 41 stays closed from Buckeye Road into Moccasin Wallow Road.
David Allen has lived in the contaminated area since 2013.
“I didn’t know that was not there,” he explained. “Nobody explained I lived a mile from a toxic waste website.”
Allen worries the contamination will place he and his family at risk.
“I’m drinking water, my entire family is drinking the water, my animals are drinking this water,” he explained. “I wish to learn what’s in it.”
While officials have stated the water from the influenced retention pond meets environmental criteria — and is not freezing — Allen stated he’s still concerned that the water may be more harmful they are letting on.
“I know they said that particular pond is not the one that has the contaminants in it,” he explained. “How do we know that? There are just three or four contaminant regions — how do we now cross contamination has not happened ?”
Together with the health concerns that Allen has regarding the situation, he explained the flow will harm his wallet also.
“I live here, not due to my house value, but I reside on a high-value home,” he explained. “Today, with this, who is going to want to purchase if I market it? My house levels will go down.”
Acting Manatee County Administrator Dr. Scott Hopes said the continuing pumping and piping is to avoid a complete breach.
“If we should have a complete breach….in totality, in a period of seconds, the models, for in less than one hour, are as large as a 20-foot wall of water,” Hopes mentioned.
Water quality has been monitored, DeSantis said, including the waste water is not radioactive. He explained the main concerns with the discharged water is that the nutrients, chiefly with phosphorus and nitrogen.
The Senate included the facility operator HRK Holdings will be held accountable for any stack failure and permanent answers to the centre’s ongoing problems are a priority.
Officials introduced in rocks and materials to plug the hole in the pond late Friday into Saturday, but the effort was unsuccessful.
There are over 800 million gallons of toxic waste water over the Piney Point website. The issue remains that a breach will spill millions of the poisonous water into the surrounding area.
The water is really a byproduct of generation of fertilizer from phosphate rock. It is acidic and the piles have long been a source of controversy among environmentalists.
“It’s had a series and background of repeated leaks and breaches and discharges into Tampa Bay and this most recent is the most alarming as it’s caused this people opinion that has forced the evacuation and the Senate to declare a state of emergency.”
Workers are pumping thousands of liters per minute in the website in order to bring down the volume in the event the pond pops. Pumping the whole pond could take 10 to 12 days. Others are working to chart the path to control how the water flows from the pond into the Tampa Bay.
In addition to the state and local officials, the EPA, the National Guard and the Red Cross have officers on site.