Florida works to avoid ‘catastrophic’ pond collapse

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says crews are working to prevent the collapse of a large wastewater pond to avoid a “catastrophic flood.” Manatee County officials say the latest models show that a breach at the old phosphate plant reservoir in the Tampa Bay area could gush out 340 million gallons of water in a matter of minutes, risking a 20-feet high wall of water. Authorities say 316 homes have been evacuated. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says the water in the pond is mixed saltwater with processed water, but not expected to be toxic.

By CHRIS O’MEARA and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press

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