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July 09, 2021

Panama City, Fla. – The City of Panama City is reporting a release of approximately 17,500 gallons of raw sewage. This is due to a ruptured force main in the 400 block of East Beach Drive in Panama City. The release entered St Andrews Bay. 

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, advises againstswimming in St. Andrews Bay from the Panama City Marina toCherry Street until furthernotice. The City of Panama City will test the water and share results with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Health in Bay County. Once levels are safe, the advisory will be lifted

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

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