DeSantis Declares State of Emergency in SW Florida Due To ‘Imminent’ Wastewater Pond Breach

DeSantis Declares State of Emergency in SW Florida Due To ‘Imminent’ Wastewater Pond Breach

Evacuation order in Southwest Florida Over Wastewater Pond Breach

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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April 3, 2021

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for Manatee County as an “imminent” and complete breach of the Piney Point wastewater pond is expected.

“Due to a possible breach of mixed saltwater from the south reservoir at the Piney Point facility, I have declared a State of Emergency for Manatee County to ensure resources are allocated for necessary response & recovery,” stated Gov. DeSantis.

According to WFLA, “public safety officials” in Manatee County are calling the breach “imminent” and have expedited the evacuation efforts and all residents of the area threatened have been evacuated as of 2:30 pm Saturday.

“Pumps are running around the clock attempting to remove as much water from the pond as quickly as possible. Every moment the pond goes without a total breach in the barrier lessens the chance of a complete uncontrolled release.”

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is urging Gov. DeSantis to convene an emergency session of the Florida Cabinet to “discuss a plan to remediation actions.”

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist. Diverse New Media, Corp. publishes Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at www.brownpeople.org Email him at [email protected]