Advisory issued following sewer breaks in Myrtle Beach

Authorities in Myrtle Beach have issued a swimming advisory as a precaution following a pair of sewer line breaks, said city spokesman Mark Kruea.

The first break occurred Tuesday afternoon on 17th Avenue South at Yaupon Drive. Crews completed repairs on about 20 feet of the sewer line about midnight.

An undetermined amount of untreated sewage flowed into the nearby drainage ditch, Kruea said. City workers disinfected the ditch Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning and requested Coastal Carolina University test water remaining in the ditch. Ocean water quality tests were also completed, Kruea said.

Advisory signs were placed around the ditch and advisory signs were in placed for a 400-foot section of the beach at 25th Avenue South.

Wednesday morning, Kruea said a second line failed at Fifth Avenue South near Kings Highway and required about 16 inches of sewer line to be replaced.

The public is asked to avid contact with the water in the ditch which may contain high bacteria levels.