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July 09, 2021

Panama City, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) is lifting the advisory for Emmons Bayou from Wallace Road to Yacht Club Drive.  

The advisory was issued on June 24, 2021 following a release of approximately 25,000 gallons of raw sewage. This was due to a manhole overflowing in the 6400 block of Wallace Road. The release entered Emmons 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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