"Recent heavy rains have caused a discharge of diluted but untreated wastewater into a ditch that leads to the Chipola River." stated T.G. Harkrider, Environmental Health Director at the Department of Health in Jackson County. "As a precautionary measure, we are advising everyone to refrain from swimming in these areas until further notice."
The recent rains are also responsible for the river rising out of its banks and creating currents that are swifter than normal. Because of these dangerous conditions, residents and visitors are cautioned against recreational use of the river until it returns to normal levels.