MDEQ issues warning about Turkey Creek water

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a temporary water contact advisory Friday for Turkey Creek. The advisory extends from Ohio Avenue northeast to Bernard Bayou in Gulfport.

The advisory was issued because of a major force main break off Louisiana Avenue which was discovered Thursday night. Harrison County Utility Authority contractors were on site Friday making repairs.

MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact recreation such as wading or swimming in these areas. People should also avoid eating fish, crabs, and shellfish from these waters until further notice.

Because of the repair work, pump stations may have to be temporary shut down, which could lead to additional bypasses, including near the Westside pump station at 41st Avenue and Highway 90.

The HCUA and its contractor are taking preventive steps to avoid additional overflows; however, MDEQ is issuing a precautionary advisory for the area of beach from Maria Avenue on the west to 38th Avenue on the east which includes beach monitoring station eight.

MDEQ staff will continue to sample the water in the area. Once those samples show that bacteria levels have dropped to acceptable levels, the advisory will be lifted.

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