OKATIE, SC (WTOC) - An estimated 500 gallons of sewage spilled at about 4 p.m. Thursday near a tributary to Battery Creek in Beaufort.
It was caused by a break in a sewer pipe near the intersection of Battery Creek Road and First Boulevard, according to the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority.
Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority crews repaired the leak and notified the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, which temporarily closed shellfish beds in the area.
It is unclear how much of the 500 gallons of sewage overflowed into the tributary, according to BJWSA.
BJWSA and DHEC are sampling the water in the affected area for the presence of harmful bacteria. Signs alerting the public of the sewage spill have been posted in the Battery Creek and nearby areas until the DHEC determines that the shellfish beds are safe for harvesting.