MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that a section of the Protecting Florida Together website will have a section dedicated to updates on the situation involving the breach of the gypsum stacks at Piney Point.
The governor toured the site Sunday and spoke with reporters about the situation, saying he would be providing additional support following his emergency declaration. On Monday, workers discovered a second breach and crews, including the Army Corps of Engineers, are assessing the damage.
“Our first priority is public health and safety. Teams on the ground are laser-focused on addressing this issue,” DeSantis said. He has directed the state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein to work with Manatee County to come up with a solution to the longstanding problem,” reads the statement. “I have also deployed the National Guard and they are in the process of dropping off additional pumps via aircraft on top of the berms, to help decrease the water levels in the Piney Point reservoir at an even faster pace,” he said The state is committed to holding the property’s owners, HRK Holdings LLC, and all involved parties accountable.”
You can follow the updates here.