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Sewage spill caused by break contained in Biscayne Bay; no-swim order remains

Spill occurred after contractor struck 60-inch sewer pipe in downtown Miami

Miami-Dade County has posted no-swim signage in certain areas following a sewage spill in Biscayne Bay.
Miami-Dade County has posted no-swim signage in certain areas following a sewage spill in Biscayne Bay.

DOWNTOWN MIAMI, Fla. – Miami-Dade County has posted no-swim signage in certain areas of the county following a sewage spill in Biscayne Bay caused by a sewage break.

Although the spill has since been contained and capped by Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department crews, a swim advisory remains due to the spill and odor. Tuesday morning, crews stopped the spill and rerouted flows.

“Due to the redundancy of the service area, no one will be without wastewater service as a result of this break or during the repairs,” the news release stated.

Areas that are affected by the no swim warning include the Julia Tuttle Causeway to the north, the eastern boundary of the Intracoastal Waterway, Virginia Key Beach/Dog Beach to the south and the mainland as the western boundary.

In addition to no swimming, officials are also warning people to avoid other water activities, including fishing and boating.

The warning will remain in effect until the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources can secure two consecutive days of clean water testing.


About the Authors:

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.

Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.