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December 12, 2019

Panama City, Fla. –An advisory for Johnson Bayou in Panama City is rescinded. The advisory was issued December 10 following a release of 1,640 gallons of raw sewage due to a lift station power failure at 801 W 12th Street, Panama City. The sewage entered nearby storm drains that discharge into Johnson Bayou.

Sewage contamination of water can expose swimmers to intestinal viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Swimming in the water may cause symptoms like food poisoning with vomiting and diarrhea. Infection is possible in open cuts and wounds that come in contact with the water.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is rescinding the advisory for Johnson Bayou. DOH-Bay advises persons with open cuts or wounds to avoid entering bodies of water to prevent infection.

For more information, contact the DOH-Bay’s Environmental Health at 850-481-4806 or visit

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