Lightning strike causes sewage spill in Bay St. Louis

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A bolt of lightning over the weekend apparently caused sewage to spill into the Bay of St. Louis. Consequently, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality just closed a section of the Bay St. Louis beachfront.

The closure is from Carroll Avenue to Julia Street.

A MDEQ news release says the closure is being preemptively issued due to a sewage spill caused by lightning striking a lift station on Ruella Avenue. The city is installing a bypass pump to stop the discharge.

Here's the important part. The news release says, "MDEQ advises residents not to enter the water or consume any seafood collected from these nearshore waters until further notice."

MDEQ will monitor the water and lift the closure when bacteria levels indicate conditions are safe for water contact.

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