RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has issued a water contact advisory for part of Terrapin Skin Creek in Rankin County.
The advisory extends on the creek from just above Highway 80 in Brandon to where it crosses Highway 18.
MDEQ said the advisory was issued because of a break to a four-inch line from a commercial building that is discharging sewage into Terrapin Skin Creek. They also said the creek is backflowing this water into the city’s main sewer line.
The city is working to determine the extent of the problem.
MDEQ will monitor the water quality in the creek and will revise the advisory as needed.
Officials are asking residents to avoid water contact such as swimming, wading, and fishing in that section of the creek. People should also avoid eating fish or anything else taken from these waters until further notice.