MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - Manatee County officials announced Monday that there appeared to be a second breach in the wall of the gypsum stacks at Piney Point. As a result, a daylong search was initiated.
Thermal imaging cameras attached to a drone had caught an area of the berm surrounding the reservoir that was cooler than its surroundings. Engineers considered that it could be water under the surface seeping through the berm.
After a day of searching, Manatee officials revealed the true culprit: Plants. An area of vegetation actually cooled the ground underneath it, causing it to appear a different color to the cameras. No leak was found.
Emergency Manager Scott Hopes told reporters that crews determined there were no additional breaches and they are continuing to pump out water thanks to additional pumps provided by the state.