Harrison County

Sewage leak forces beach closure

A swimming advisory sign on the beach west of Courthouse Road in Gulfport warns visitors about high bacteria levels in the water. A similar warning was issued in Long Beach on Tuesday.
A swimming advisory sign on the beach west of Courthouse Road in Gulfport warns visitors about high bacteria levels in the water. A similar warning was issued in Long Beach on Tuesday. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

A sewage leak caused by electrical failures at a lift station caused officials to close a section of the beach in Long Beach.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued the preemptive close Tuesday for the section from South Lang Avenue to Runnels Avenue.

Officials advised residents to not enter the water or consume any seafood collected from these nearshore waters until further notice.

The city has repaired the lift station near South Island View Avenue.

Regina Zilbermints: 228-896-2340, @RZilbermints

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