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Mississippi agency: Sewage spill smaller than 1st announced

Posted 5:32 p.m. Tuesday

— A state agency says a sewage spill in south Mississippi was significantly smaller than officials originally announced.

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Robbie Wilbur tells multiple news outlets that 1.3 million gallons of stormwater-diluted sewage leaked into the Bogue Chitto (BO-gah CHIT-tah) River after a levee breach at the Brookhaven wastewater treatment plant.

Officials had originally estimated 6 million gallons spilled into the river.

The Mississippi agency says the city has made repairs since Friday's breach, ending the flow of sewage. But the department warned against swimming, wading or eating fish from the Bogue Chitto until further notice.

Louisiana's departments of Health and Environmental Quality issued a similar warning Saturday.

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