Officials continue to monitor water in Turkey Creek area

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A sewage leak in the Turkey Creek area has been contained, but officials say they're still keeping an eye on the area, just to be safe.

A major force main break off Louisiana Avenue was discovered almost a week ago. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a temporary water contact advisory for Turkey Creek on Friday. The advisory extended from Ohio Avenue northeast to Bernard Bayou in Gulfport.

As crews began digging to find the source of the leak, the valves that control the flow to the line were shut off. One workers reached the leak, they built containment walls around the pipe. City vacuum trucks were then deployed to remove what sewage had leaked from the cracked pipe.

Officials believe the old pipe was struck by some type of heavy construction equipment many years ago and over time the crack weakened and finally failed.

"We want to thank all of those who were involved in quickly stopping this leak and cleaning up the spill," Mayor George Schloegel said. "We do not believe that there was any major or significant amounts of material that leaked from the line and that is because of the rapid response."

A volunteer cleanup that was organized to remove litter and debris from around Turkey Creek on Saturday was canceled. As a precaution, Mayor Schloegel said the city and other agencies are urging the public to stay away from the creek and avoid swimming or fishing for the next few days while workers continue to monitor the area.

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