What’s going on with the Florida pond collapse?
Manatee County officials said such a collapse would have “the potential to gush out 340 million gallons of water in a matter of minutes, risking a 20-foot-high (about 6.1-meter-high) wall of water,” according to The Associated Press.
- DeSantis said: “What we are looking at now is trying to prevent and respond to, if need be, a real catastrophic flood situation.”
Florida prepares for flood
In response, authorities closed down U.S. 41 and called for evacuations of more than 300 homes. Families flocked to Florida hotels in the meantime, per The Associated Press.
- DeSantis also called for a state of emergency for Manatee County, according to NPR.
Is the Florida water toxic?
- Per NPR, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said the water “meets water quality standards for marine waters with the exception of pH, total phosphorus, total nitrogen and total ammonia nitrogen. It is slightly acidic, but not at a level that is expected to be a concern.”
Per ABC News, there’s also no threat to Lake Manatee, which serves as the main source of drinking water in the area.