(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a preemptive beach closure Wednesday for a segment of beach in Long Beach from Oak Garden Avenue to Girard Avenue. MDEQ warns people to avoid water contact in this area including recreational activities such as swimming and wading.

The closure is being issued due to a broken wastewater main that was damaged today near Cleveland Avenue and Railroad Street that resulted in the release of untreated wastewater.


The city is taking measures to repair the issues, and MDEQ is monitoring the situation in this area and may revise this closure as needed. The agency will lift the closure when bacteria levels indicate conditions are suitable for water contact.


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