Advisory for portions of St. Andrews Bay after raw sewage spill

A portion of St. Andrews Bay is under an advisory after a report of 1,200 gallons of raw sewage was released. (KHON)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A portion of St. Andrews Bay is under an advisory after a report of 1,200 gallons of raw sewage was released.

The spill happened because of a discharge hose split from a force main at 4th Street and Government Street in Panama City according to Panama City health officials.

Officials say the spill entered a storm drain that discharges into St. Andrews Bay.

The spill has been stopped and repairs were made.

Health officials advise against swimming in the area of St. Andrews Bay from west of the Panama City Marina to Moore Circle at this time and say contamination of water can expose swimmers to intestinal viruses, bacteria, infection in open wounds and parasites.

The City of Panama City is testing the water and the advisory will be lifted once levels come back safe.

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