The City of Panama City is reporting a release of 1,640 gallons of raw sewage. This is due to a lift station power failure at 801 W 12th Street, Panama City. The sewage entered nearby storm drains that discharge into Johnson Bayou.
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 Johnson Bayou until further notice. The City of Panama City will test the water and share results with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Bay County Health Department. Once levels are safe, the advisory will be lifted.
For more information, contact the DOH-Bay’s Environmental Health at 850-481-4806 or visit Bay.FloridaHealth.gov.