Seahurst Beach Closed Due To A Sewage Spill Tuesday; 2nd Time In 3 Months


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Not that anyone would be swimming in this chilly near-winter weather, but on Tuesday (Dec. 6) the state Department of Ecology’s King County Health District closed the swimming beach at Seahurst County Park in Burien due to a sewage spill.

“Contact with fecal contaminated waters can result in gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses,” reads a note on Ecology’s website.

This is the second time in less than three months that Seahurst Park Beach has been closed due to a sewage spill (read our previous coverage here).

UPDATE 12/7/11: While we haven’t yet received an answer as to whether this most recent spill is related to the September one, we did get this quote from Larry Altose, News Media Relations of Dept. of Ecology, Northwest Region:

“Ecology’s water quality program is working to gather more information about the spill.

The city must submit an initial written report to Ecology within five days of the incident, and we can keep you posted.”

As we learn more, we’ll continue to update this post.

For more information, check out the state’s appropriately-titled blog Fecal Matters, “Like” them on Facebook, or join their listserv.

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