Raw sewage leaking into Sound in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Raw sewage is leaking into the Mississippi Sound in Long Beach.  The City of Long Beach reported a sewer bypass discharging onto the beach near Lang Avenue.

Efforts are underway to stop the bypass and minimize the amount of sewage reaching the Mississippi Sound.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), is working with the City of Long Beach and the Harrison County Sand Beach Department to advise residents that a water contact closure has been issued for a section of beach in Long Beach.

The closure extends from South Seashore Avenue on the west to South Island View Avenue on the east.

MDEQ is taking water samples and will advise the public when bacteria levels are acceptable for water contact.

This is the second sewage leak in as many days to shutdown a portion of the beach in Harrison County.  Tuesday, a closure was issued for a section of beach from 41st Avenue near the West Side Pier east to 33rd Avenue near the Island View Casino in Gulfport.

The Gulfport spill has been stopped by the Harrison County Utility Authority, but the notice has been issued because a large amount of sewage flowed across the beach near 38th Avenue.