Beach access closed in Myrtle Beach after sewage spill

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- A malfunctioning sanitary sewer pump station near 77th Avenue North allowed sewage to escape from the system in the vicinity of the 75th Avenue North street end.

City Spokesperson Mark Kruea said an undetermined quantity of sewage collected in an area on the face of the beach, but did not come in direct contact with the ocean.

The spill occurred sometime in the past day and was discovered Saturday afternoon.

City staff responded immediately and disinfected the area, which also is temporarily blocked off, with signs posted. The 75th Avenue North public access is temporarily closed.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) was notified of the spill. Coastal Carolina University staff will take water quality samples in the swim zone Sunday, as a precaution.

If the water quality sample data is within safe limits, the beach access will be reopened and the on-beach barricades will be removed.

The city’s Public Works staff is investigating the cause of the pump malfunction and the remote monitoring system which allowed the spill to occur.

The sewer pumping station is in operation again using a direct pump to prevent any further spillage.