Sewage spill closes public beach access in parks

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On Wednesday, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced beach closures at Sunnyside Beach Park and Chambers Creek Regional Park following a sewage spill.

A alert of the state Department of Ecology said the spill was the result of a crushed sewer line that released sewage into Flett Creek. Flett Creek empties into Chambers Bay.

Cindy Callahan, environmental health specialist supervisor with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, said the problem has been corrected and water samples are being taken from the beaches. The sites will remain closed until the water is once again deemed safe.

Signs are posted at public beach access points, according to the alert.

Laura Hermanson, BEACH program manager at the state Department of Ecology, said people should not touch water or sediment on any of the closed beaches. If anyone comes into contact with either, they should wash their hands, shower and follow good hygiene practices.

“I hope people will see the signs and heed the warning,” she said.

The BEACH, or Environmental assessment of beaches, communication and healththe program bathing map will stay up to date with the water quality on the beaches.

This story was originally published July 21, 2021 2:50 p.m.

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