"Emergency, Evacuations In Florida County Over Wastewater Pond Leak"

"Manatee County in Florida was under a state of emergency over the weekend and more than 300 homes were ordered evacuated over a leak at a wastewater reservoir.

A significant leak was discovered Friday at the wastewater pond located at Piney Point, a former phosphate plant.

Officials had warned about the potential for the reservoir's collapse, flooding nearby areas.

Manatee's Public Safety Department alerted residents Friday and Saturday, urging them to leave immediately.

Authorities are now working to drain water from the reservoir and empty into the bay at Port Manatee to lessen the risks of a collapse."

Jeannette Muhammad reports for NPR April 4, 2021.

Source: NPR, 04/05/2021