Florida sheriff evacuates hundreds of inmates amid potential plant collapse

The Manatee County Central Jail is at the corner of an evacuation zone surrounding the old Piney Point phosphate mine, 在哪里 300 million gallons of wastewater is threatening to breach a reservoir there and 洪水 the surrounding area.

Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes said the models show the area could be covered with one foot to five feet of water. The second floor of the jail is 10 feet above ground.

星期日, Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells declined to share what location the jail is taking the inmates, as they were still being moved. He said the county’s original planmoving all the inmates to the second floor — 将会 太多了 of a security risk, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

FLORIDA EXPANDS EVACUATIONS AHEAD OF POSSIBLE ‘CATASTROPHIC’ 340M GALLON BREACH AT PHOSPHATE PLANT

This photo shows a reservoir near the old Piney Point phosphate mine, 星期六, 四月 3, 2021, in Bradenton, 弗拉. (Tiffany Tompkins/The Bradenton Herald via AP)

This photo shows a reservoir near the old Piney Point phosphate mine, 星期六, 四月 3, 2021, in Bradenton, 弗拉. (Tiffany Tompkins/The Bradenton Herald via AP)

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