August 18, 2021 4:40 PM
FL Dept of Health No Swimming Advisory 8.18.21
Panama City, Fla. – The City of Lynn Haven is reporting multiple releases totaling approximately of 1,571,000 gallons of raw sewage. This is due to overflowing manholes throughout the city and three lift stations overflowing due to heavy rains during tropical Storm Fred. The releases entered storm drains that drain into Lynn Haven Bayou, North Bay, and Anderson Bayou. Cleanup actions have been completed.
Sewage contamination of water can expose swimmers to intestinal viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Swimming in the water may cause symptoms like food poisoning with vomiting and diarrhea. Infection is possible in open cuts and wounds that come in contact with the water.
The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay) advises against swimming in North Bay between and including Lynn Haven Bayou and Anderson Bayou.
The City of Lynn Haven is testing the water and will share results with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Health in Bay County. Once levels are safe, the advisory will be lifted.
For more information, contact the DOH-Bay’s Environmental Health office at 850-481-4806 or visit Bay.FloridaHealth.gov.