(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a water contact advisory Friday for portions of the Tallahatchie River and the Yazoo River in the City of Greenwood.  The advisory is issued for a segment of the Tallahatchie River from the Money Road/N Grand Blvd bridge to its confluence with Yazoo River to the Roebuck Road bridge south of the Rising Sun community (see attached map).  The advisory is being issued due to the collapse of a 24-inch wastewater line which resulted in the discharge of untreated wastewater into the river.  The city is working diligently to repair the line.

MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact such as swimming, wading, and fishing.  People should also avoid eating fish or anything else taken from these waters until further notice.

MDEQ is working with the city to help resolve these issues and monitoring the impact on the river.  This advisory may need revision as needed.

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