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dion lim. we will see you right back here tonight in 30 minutes. tonight, the race against time as crews rush to prevent an enviro tonight, the race against time as crews rush to prevent an environmental disaster in florida. a leak discovered in a large waste water pond near tampa. a state of emergency declared. hundreds of homes evacuated. this helicopter dropping pumps to help drain the pond before a total collapse that could send polluted water into florida's governor touring the area today. our team is there. the coronavirus concerns as the country marks a second easter in this pandemic. churches opening their doors but with limited capacity and social distancing. officials are hoping this is the last holiday when the majority of americans are unvaccinated. but warn now is not the time to let your guard down. cases and hospitalizations on the rise in nearly half the country.
the calls for congress to review safety measures in the capitol after another deadly attack. black drapes honoring officer william evans, who was killed when a suspect rammed his car into officers at a capitol barricade. the second officer released from the hospital and recovering at home tonight. the trial of derek chauvin about to enter week two. the key witnesses expected to take the stand. and the emotional new images tonight. the easter sunday memorial service for george floyd at the scene of his death. to the rescue. the moment bystanders rushed to pull a family from a flipped car. and tonight, one rescuer getting to meet one of the people he saved. and good eggs. the family spreading easter joy for a second year while managing to stay socially distant.
good evening, everyone. thanks so much for joining us. i'm linsey davis. we begin tonight with breaking news. and a developing situation in manatee county, florida. the governor declaring a state of emergency. ordering evacuations. authorities scrambling to avert an environmental disaster in a leaking reservoir. a plant potentially releasing a 20-foot wall of water into the community. the national guard is on the scene. helicopters lowering pumps, trying to reduce the water levels. families in more than 300 homes told to leave immediately. stephanie ramos leads us off tonight from palmetto, florida. >> reporter: tonight, a race against time along florida's gulf coast. a leak at an old waste water reservoir, threatening an environmental disaster in palmetto, florida, about 40 miles south of tampa. >> onsite engineers deemed the site tooanro ont orter: more than 300 hom under mandatory evacuation
orders tonight. officials urgently trying to drain this massive pond at the piney point phosphate plant filled with 340 million gallons of waste water, to prevent it from collapsing. officials say the lining supporting the structure cracked last week. if breached, it could send a 20-foot wall of toxic water crashing into the neighborhood. >> what we're looking at now is trying to prevent and respond to, if need be, a real catastrophic flood situation. >> reporter: engineers now releasing more than 30 million gallons of water every day, hoping to avoid that catastrophe. this national guard helicopter, bringing in additional pumps to speed up the pumping process. is there an estimate on how long this could take? >> we were looking at 12 days. with the assistance of the state and all these partners working togeert santisg e site
from above. officials stressing the water being discharged is not radioactive. >> there is also no threat to our primary source of drinking water, lake manatee. >> some hopeful news there. stephanie, at this hour, officials appear to be sounding a bit more optimistic about the situation. >> reporter: they are much more optimistic. initially, officials were concerned about 800 million gallons of waste water flooding the neighborhoods. now they're dealing with less than 400 million. this is where the evacuation zone begins. they're still advising residents in that area to leave. linsey? >> stephanie, thank you. and tonight, health experts are sounding the alarm. cases are on the rise as people gather together for yet another holiday during the pandemic. easter worshippers at st. patrick's cathedral in n y in person services taking place with social distancing. similar scenes across the country. more than 40% of all adults have now received at least one
vaccine dose. vaccinations set a new record this weekend. on average, the nation is now administering more than 3 million shots every day. but health experts are still concerned about a fourth surge. here's trevor ault. >> reporter: tonight, health experts fearing another post-holiday wave of coronavirus with millions of americans on the move. >> this is probably the last holiday where a vast majority of americans will remain unvaccinated, but if you have unvaccinated people mingling, i do worry about another surge. >> reporter: a year after most in-person easter services were canceled, many yearning for tradition and now vaccinated, safely returning to church. >> it's so nice to see people because we've missed coming to mass and having that consecrated space and the time with everybody else. from gathering in groups if everyone isn't fully vaccinated. on friday, 23-year-old alabama basketball fan luke ratliff
dying from covid complications after attending the ncaa tournament in indianapolis. and doctors fear the spread of contagious variants will only accelerate the growing daily case load, which has already climbed 20% the past two weeks. >> we're just at the beginning of this surge. we haven't even really begun to see it yet. >> reporter: this week, at least 14 states are slated to join the 22 already offering vaccines to anyone over 16, bringing relief to millions. though for many heartbroken families, it's already too late. since the first doses were administered in december, more than a quarter million americans have been reported dead from covid-19. diedre sullens got the shot in february, but lost her mother and stepfather before they could get theirs. >> when i got the vaccine, i was mad. i was sad.
i have lost my parents to this. i just couldn't help but think if they could've just held out. >> that access to the vaccine arriving too late. trevor, joining us now outside of a mass vaccination site in new york city. while experts debate what a fourth surge might look like, some officials say we could see a return to some restrictions? >> reporter: that's right, linsey. in fact, in cook county, illinois, around chicago, the health department says they're seeing a troubling rise in cases, particularly in people under 40. that could soon mean another crackdown on indoor activities. like restaurants or gyms. linsey? >> trevor, thank you. and now to the investigation into the attack at the capitol. black bunting draping the entrance to police headquarters. honoring officer billy evans, who died in the attack. a second officer is now home from the hospital. security protocols at the tol a foig.
>> reporter: tonight, relief. officer ken shaver, out of the hospital three days after that capitol attack that killed officer billy evans. today at the capitol, black bunting draping the entrance of police headquarters in his honor. in the wake of friday's attack officials and lawmakers again reviewing security protocols on the hill. >> i think the permanent fencing should come down. >> reporter: republican senator roy blunt saying he would be in favor of temporary fencing. something lieutenant general russel honore, who led a review of capitol security following the january 6th insurrection, recommended to congress along with integrated cameras and more sensors. >> if that building and the people in it don't function, we no longer have democracy. we've given them the plan. we worked the plan hard. now it's time for congress to work the plan. >> reporter: and tonight, investigators still trying to answer critical questions, including what motivated the suspect, noah green.
his family, telling "the washington post" he was "not a terrorist" but suffered from "depression and potential mental illness." adding they're "shocked" and "upset" and "feel great sympathy" for officer evans. close friends of the fallen officer, calling him a hero. >> he loved being a capitol police officer. that was his dream and that was where he wanted to retire from. >> faith, the head of the capitol police union saying he needs congress to deliver more resources for his force. >> reporter: right. the chairman saying the capitol police force is reeling after a rough three months. they've lost two officers in the line of duty. and they're having trouble hiring and retaining officers on top of that. hundreds already on the force could potentially put in their retirement papers tomorrow. the chairman calling on congress to step and give them the tools they need to do their jobs. linsey? >> faith, thank you. now to minneapolis and the murder trial of former police officer derek chauvin. it's set to resume tomorrow.
the prosecution expected to call critical witnesses as they lay ot their case. the police chief yet to take the stand. he has condemned chauvin's actions. the city is bracing for another week of gripping testimony, as many gathered this weekend to remember george floyd. here's reena roy in minneapolis. >> reporter: tonight, a minneapolis community in pain, banding together on easter sunday to honor george floyd. why did you come by to the memorial today? >> to really try to feel and embody what this moment means for the world and for people of color. >> reporter: the city bracing for week two in the murder trial of former police officer derek chauvin. >> once the trial started, a lot of trauma came back up to the surface. the city's on edge but, you know, the community is coming together. >> reporter: prosecutors expected to call medical experts to try and prove it was chauvin's knee that killed floyd. the chief of police will also
likely testify against him, just as the force's longest serving officer did friday.ave in har it comes to the cause of death. they're going to talk about, yeah, there were drugs in george floyd's system, but the neck is and only is the issue as to what we're talking about when it comes to death. >> reporter: the defense trying to create reasonable doubt, arguing floyd's drug use and heart issues contributed to his death. last week pressing his girlfriend on their opioid addiction. >> it was your belief that mr. floyd started using again about two weeks prior to his death, correct? >> i noticed a change in his behavior, yes. >> reporter: as america watches intently, this hurting neighborhood praying for real change. what are you hoping to see come out of this trial? >> justice. >> true justice means a change from how we do public safety. >> reporter: the trial so far is ahead of schedule and is expected to last at least
another two to three weeks. linsey? >> reena, thank you. now, president biden is trying to sell his massive infrastructure bill. still hoping for bipartisan support. but republicans object to the price tag of more than $2 trillion, and also what is in it. here's maryalice parks. >> reporter: tonight, the white house making its sales pitch. >> what we mean by infrastructure for the 21st century. >> this bill says we're going to make stuff in america. >> reporter: key cabinet members and advisers on a media blitz, headed next to capitol hill to hash out the details of the president's massive $2 trillion plan. but republicans in washington sy they're already opposed, that there are too many add-ons. >> when people think about infrastructure, they're thinking about roads, bridges, ports, and airports. that's a very small part of what they're calling an infrastructure package. >> reporter: the president's plan calls for over $300 billion for mass transit, roads, airports, and bridges. another $100 billion to expand broadband internet. but also $45 billion to replace lead pipes.
$174 billion to promote electric vehicles. and $400 billion more to expand care and housing for the elderly and people with disabilities. >> i've got a lot of respect for senator blunt. but i'm going to work to try to persuade him that electric vehicle charging infrastructure is absolutely a core part of how americans are going to need to get around in the future, and not the distant, far-off future, but right now. >> reporter: in this new video, the president making his case to the american people, arguing it's about staying competitive. >> where no one can outcompete us because we have an infrastructure that allows us to get things done quickly, safely, and in a modern way. >> reporter: democrats know it could take a while to reach an agreement, even among em, oriltheyt ty lin? linsey? >> maryalice, thank you. and now to a terrifying
accident that turned into a story of strangers helping people in desperate need. a car driving off the road. the car flipping over. now the rescuers and rescuees are reuniting for the first time. here's zohreen shah. >> reporter: tonight, from the nation's holiday roadways, a story about strangers helping strangers. jarrott and evie larochelle, out for a drive with the kids and the great dane in the back as usual. when a pickup truck nicked their hummer's rear wheel. >> and it spun us 180 degrees. and when we spun, we hit the curb, and we flipped over on the passenger side. >> reporter: seeing it happen from their own car, robert lee and his wife. >> we are seeing a flying car. i could not believe how high and far it flew. i drove my truck next to his. opened the door. >> the boys had their car seats so they were perfectly fine. evie was on the floor, but she had her seat belt on. i think she was all right. the poor dog was in the back, just fell to the side.
>> reporter: and suddenly, there was a whole crowd of people wanting to pitch in. >> the next thing i knew, there were two, three, four, five. >> we've gone through such hard times, all of us, through the pandemic and everything else. i think people are now, they're just coming together more. >> reporter: this is the first time you've met since the accident yesterday. what do you want to say? >> thank you, mr. lee, thank you to you and your wife. i really don't know what we would have done if you weren't there. >> happy easter to you and your family. and god bless. >> you too, thank you. >> reporter: he wants to thank every person who helped save his family. linsey? >> thanks, zohreen. and now to the vatican. pope francis celebrating his second easter during this pandemic.e ponteaking to socialy distanced worshippers gathered in st. peter's basilica. in his message, the pope called vaccines an essential tool in
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>> reporter: many of the neighbors are ecstatic. crediting the family with making this world a brighter one. another one said, love this tradition you've started. and, thank you for lifting our spirits up. an entire family of, well, good eggs. >> we're not handing out food or administering vaccines. we're just putting eggs in yards. but every little bit kind of helps and every little bit of joy, i think, is really important right now. >> our thanks to the armstrongs. i'm linsey davis in new york. have a great night.
the on abc 7 news at 6:00, the bay area observed easter. this year was a lot different than life. the asian american community. the big rally against racism this week and pick vice president kamala harris is going to do something in the bay area tomorrow that she has not done since taking office. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts now. wae rsmading a better bay area, holiday that we saw altered by the pandemic. things to look different again this year, but there are clear signs of just how different 2021 is from 2020. with that, we say good evening.
i'm dion lynn. messages of hope on this easter sunday as the bay area reflects back at a difficult year and looks forward. many spent the holiday at worship services. here is cornell bernard. >> reporter: easter mass on the green, outside city nation's church inside san francisco. >> i feel wonderful, being outdoors and being able to celebrate mass on easter sunday. this is my first mass in one year. >> reporter: other churches like our lady of lourdes in oakland held easter services indoors with limited capacity. >> happy easter. >> reporter: abc 7 live streamed the service from memorial church. delivering a message of hope for those tuning in. >> today, on this resurrection sunday, you have declared i ain't dead no more. >> reporter: