Raw sewage leaks into waterway in North Myrtle Beach

The City of North Myrtle Beach is reporting a sanitary sewer line break in the area of Westport Drive.

Untreated sewage has reached the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Vereen Road via the public storm drainage system, according to the city's spokesman, Pat Dowling.

It's unclear how much sewage spilled because the city isn't exactly sure when the break occurred. They were made aware around noon.

The damaged pipeline has been repaired and the flow of sewage has been stopped, Dowling said.

A swimming advisory is issued for the area, because high bacteria levels may be present. Recreational contact at that location is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal.