Three Boynton beaches reopen

Posted by Rachel Leigh email

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Boynton Beach officials say its safe again to swim in the city's beaches.

Update, MON 11 AM: Three beaches closed down Thursday because of a sewage spill near the St. Andrews Community in Ocean Ridge. Health officials say the most recent water samples show bacteria levels are not dangerous, so the water is now safe for swimming.

The no swimming warnings are now lifted in Ocean Inlet Park, Boynton Beach and Gulfstream Parks.

Previously: Clean up crews were hard at work Thursday night cleaning up a sewage spill along the intracoastal near the Boynton Beach Inlet.

The spill happened in the intercoastal near the St. Andrews community in Ocean Ridge. Health officials have already shut down several nearby beaches.

On Wednesday, health officials collected samples of water that came back positive for fecal coliform bacteria. It turned out that a problem at a nearby lift station caused the spill.

Now, health officials and ocean experts are worried about the effects the spill can have on nearby residents and reefs. Raw sewage has human viruses, and, potentially, people who are exposed to it can contract these diseases.

Officials have issued no swimming for Ocean Inlet Park, and Boynton Beach and Gulfstream Parks.

Crews are continuing to try and clean the spill as quickly as possible.