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Updated - The water contact advisory now extends south of Highway 82 in Oktibbeha County.

Posted: Sep 20, 2019 12:43 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2019 3:23 PM

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JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The state has extended the water contact advisory in Oktibbeha County. 

Revised map - The water contact advisory now extends south of Highway 82 toward Starkville.

The advisory is for sections of Josey Creek and Trim Cane Creek.

The original advisory did not extend south of Highway 82.

However, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) later revised the map, extending the advisory south of Highway 82.

According to MDEQ, the advisory was issued due to a faulty lift station that discharged sewage into Josey Creek.

MDEQ recommends people avoid water contact like swimming, wading and fishing.

People should also avoid eating fish or anything else taken from the waters until further notice.

The state agency is working with the City of Starkville to fix any issues and will collect water samples to monitor the water quality in the area.

The advisory may be revised as needed.

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