Heatwave is wreaking havoc on Florida, leaving a trail of destruction in the wake of the Florida Department of Transportation’s announcement that it was suspending all outdoor camping for the rest of this week.
The DDFOT announced Monday that camping is not allowed in designated areas outside of designated areas, and residents should check their local fire marshal’s office before heading out.
The closure comes after DDFot officials said a “toxic chemical leak” had damaged two fuel tanks at the agency’s Miami-Ft.
Myers office, and a third tank in a nearby storage facility was leaking.
“The DDSOT and Fire Marshal have worked together to address this issue.
We have a very strong plan in place to mitigate any potential impacts,” DDFoT spokesman David McKeon said in a statement.DDFoL says the tanks at its offices in downtown Miami were leaking, but that it did not believe there was any threat to the agency, which serves more than 1.6 million residents.
It also said it had been in contact with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine if there were any issues with its operations.
A DDFos fire engine and other emergency vehicles were stationed at the DDFost site.
A DDFoS spokesperson said that it would be the agency that investigates the incident.DDSot spokesman David McGlynn told ABC News that the agency is investigating and has been in communication with the EPA.
“I’m not sure what the EPA is going to be doing with this, but I can assure you that we are working closely with them to find out what happened and what needs to be done,” McGlynn said.
McGlynn said DDFolts crews had been working on a temporary fix to the tanks.DHS has also suspended its public gatherings, with its offices closed and many public events canceled.ABC News’ John Miller contributed to this report.