Raw sewage leaks into Watson, Massalina Bayous

Courtesy: MGN Online

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A power outage and heavy rain have caused raw sewage leak, according to Panama City officials.

The city reports 1,500 gallons of raw sewage leaked from a lift station on Palo Alto Ave. on Tuesday. The sewage entered a storm drain, which empties into Watson Bayou.

City leaders also blame heavy rain for about 6,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilling from a manhole into Massalina Bayou.

Sewage contamination of water can expose swimmers to intestinal viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County advises against swimming in Watson Bayou between 10th St. and Business Highway 98 and Massalina Bayou between 6th St. and 4th St. until further notice.