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April 21, 2021


Panama City, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Bay County, DOH-Bay, is lifting the advisory for a portion of Massalina Bayou from E 4th Street to E Beach Drive.


The advisory was issued on March 23, 2021 following a release of approximately 2,500 gallons of raw sewage. This was due to a blockage which caused an overflowing manhole at 325 3rd Ct in Panama City. The release entered a storm drain which empties into Massalina 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.


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


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