Oct 15, 2012 9:32 AM by AP/CS

Sewage discharge closes part of Biloxi beach

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A sewage discharge closed several miles of beach in Biloxi over the weekend.

A brief power failure Saturday caused the discharge at a pump station, Public Works Director Richard Sullivan said Sunday. He didn't know what caused the power failure.

Sewage entered the storm drains and discharged along the beach, according to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

Sullivan said a vacuum truck was sent out immediately. He said the beach was closed as a precaution.

Sewage "didn't get onto the beach itself. But there's probably a drain down the road it might have reached," he said.

MDEQ closed the beach Saturday from Mockingbird Lane to Edgewater Drive, and said it would lift the closure when test indicated the water is safe. That would take more than 24 hours from Saturday's notification, spokesman Robbie Wilbur said in an email.

Sullivan said experts were working out how much sewage was discharged, but at a guess it might have been 1,000 to 2,000 gallons.


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