A former phosphate mining facility in Manatee County, Fla. drained into Tampa Bay and wreaked havoc for months event.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried told CBS News on Tuesday that she spoke with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection earlier in the day and expected Hurricane Ian to be a “big problem” given the current forecast. Said he didn’t.
“Based on the water we have at Piney Point right now, they can take about 25 inches of rain. I don’t think so,” Freed said. He said.
Freed said officials told him that the water was partially treated, so an overflow would “not be a problem.”
But she told CBS News, “I never had complete trust and confidence,” of treating that water.
Freed said the site is monitored 24 hours a day.
situation Dedicated site An update on Piney Point last Friday, it said preparations have also included staging backup pumps and adjusting water management levels. There are approximately 268 million gallons in the site’s reservoir.
According to the Manatee County Evacuation Map, Piney Point is in Evacuation Zone B, and storm surges as high as 14 feet are possible in this area.
The county issued a mandatory evacuation for those in Zones A and B on Tuesday. People in Zone C are advised to evacuate.
The state is more concerned with on-site construction equipment, and the department is in the process of moving off-site to avoid high winds turning equipment into projectiles.was approved in December and is under construction to hold water in the reservoir, and the site is currently in the initial process of closing the south compartment, according to its website. Part of the process involves clearing and shaping the area so that it does not collect rainwater.
“The secretary seems pretty confident that we’ll be fine if it rains,” Fried said. But he was confident they could last, because this could be the rainfall event more than anything else in that Piney Point area.”
https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/hurricane-ian-tracker-florida-forecast-path-cuba-2022-09-27/ Hurricane Ian strengthened to Category 3 on course to hit Florida’s West Coast