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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Feb. 22, 2010

Sewer overflow in N. Charleston could elevate bacteria levels

COLUMBIA- Recreational activities should be avoided along a 10-mile stretch of the Ashley River in Charleston County as a result of a sanitary sewer overflow near the Charleston Air Force Base, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

DHEC advises against fishing and crabbing five miles north and south of Hunley Park due to the potential of elevated levels of E. coli and fecal coliform. Cooking fish and crabs taken from the affected area of the river should kill the bacteria. However, swallowing affected water could pose a risk of gastro-intestinal illness. Symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever.

The North Charleston Sewer District is working on repairs, and DHEC personnel remain on the scene to investigate potential threats to the environment and public health.

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For more information:
Jim Beasley - (803) 898-7769
E-mail - beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov