State issues swim warning after Surf City sewage spill

Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 12:30 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2022 at 1:18 PM EDT
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SURF CITY, N.C. (WITN) - A big sewage spill in Surf City has forced the state to issue a warning for people not to swim nor harvest oysters and shellfish in part of the Intracoastal Waterway.

State environmental officials issued the warning for the waters between the Highway 210 bridge and Beacon #65. This includes Waters Bay and part of Stump Sound.

The town said a lightning strike caused 100,000 gallons of sewage to spill and potentially make its way into Waters Bay. The spill at Highway 50/210 and Aldrich Lane, went undetected for about 12 hours on Sunday

The spill has stopped, and the state Division of Water Resources and the Division of Marine Fisheries are investigating what happened. Surf City said an enhanced notification system has been installed to prevent another discharge.

The state will continue to test the waters and will lift the advisory when bacteria levels reach state and federal standards.

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