MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials say they are monitoring the situation.
Local and state officials said the spill poses no immediate risk to the public, but they also said people should avoid touching or fishing in an affected creek and lake.
Shelby County Health Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Hart said the department is working with Memphis officials to determine if the spill into Cypress Creek causes long-term health and environmental effects.
The creek is near McKellar Lake, which flows into the Mississippi. Hart says the creek is not a drinking water source.
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman says officials are notifying regions downstream about the spill.