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More than 13,000 gallons of raw sewage spills into St. Andrews Bay

Panama City officials say about 13,500 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the St. Andrews Bay...
Panama City officials say about 13,500 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the St. Andrews Bay Wednesday after equipment failure.(FLORIDA DEPT. OF HEALTH - BAY CO.)
Published: May. 5, 2021 at 11:20 AM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City officials say about 13,500 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the St. Andrews Bay Wednesday after equipment failure.

Officials say the raw sewage entered a storm drain which empties into St. Andrews Bay.

Bay County Health Department officials advise against swimming in St. Andrews Bay from Bunkers Point to 528 Bunkers Cove Road until further notice. Raw sewage exposes swimmers to intestinal viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Swimming in the water could cause symptoms like food poisoning and infection is possible in open cuts and wounds.

Panama City officials will test the water. Once testing comes back saying the water is safe to swim in, the advisory will be lifted.

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