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MDEQ issues water contact advisory for Hollis Creek in Oktibbeha County

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a general water contact advisory Sunday for a section of Hollis Creek from the city of Starkville's waste water treatment plant.

Posted: May 14, 2018 9:07 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a general water contact advisory Sunday for a section of Hollis Creek from the city of Starkville's waste water treatment plant.

The section under advisory is at 305 Sand Road to where Hollis Creek joins the Noxubee River.

Oktibbeha County Fire Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said that the creek is in a non-residential area.

A line rupture at the plant resulted in sewage discharge entering Hollis Creek prompting the advisory. The city is currently diluting the overflow and has bypass pumps in place. Additional pumps will be added Monday.

MDEQ issued the water contact advisory for residents to avoid water contact, recreation and consumption of anything caught in the area of the advisory.

Officials will sample the creek Monday to determine if the advisory area will need to be modified and when it can be lifted.

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