Sewage, stormwater pollutes Port Angeles Harbor, residents advised to stay away

PORT ANGELES, Wash. - Health officials in Clallam County are warning residents to stay away from Port Angeles Harbor after eight million gallons of stormwater and raw sewage polluted the water.

According to the Peninsula Daily News, the alert was issued on Thursday advising the public to keep away from the area for the next seven days.

Heavy rains are to blame for backing up the city's four combined sewer overflow outfalls, two of which discharge near the city's new downtown waterfront area.

The discharge could contain fecal bacteria and cause people to get sick if they come in contact.

The city is currently in the middle of updating its sewer system. The Daily News reports that if Port Angeles doesn't reduce its combined sewer overflow discharges in the next two years the Department of Ecology could slap the city with some hefty fines.

To read the Peninsula Daily News story, click here.