Sewage spill closes Gulfport beach

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday closed a section of beach in central Gulfport due to a sewage spill.

Gulfport Public Works Director Wayne Miller tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1ikUe2T ) he was notified of the leak around midday Monday. He says the leak has been stopped.

Miller says an estimated 56,000 gallons of sewage spilled from a manhole cover on U.S. Highway 90 into the Mississippi Sound. He says sewage spilled from the manhole because it had been filled with concrete.

The old sewer lines on Highway were filled with concrete after Hurricane Katrina. Sewer lines were relocated.

Miller says the manhole should not have been filled because it ties into a force main still in use.

He says a bypass is in place to prevent further leaks.

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