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Westchester County Health Officials: Avoid Contact With Hudson River For Time Being

Controlled Sewage Discharge To Impact From Croton Point Park, Points South
Hudson River (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass/ WCBS 880)

Hudson River (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass/ WCBS 880)

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TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The Westchester County Department of Health is advising people who use the Hudson River waters for recreational purposes to avoid direct contact with the water from Croton Point Park and points south until further notice.

Due to a break in a sewer line in Tarrytown, there is expected to be a controlled discharge of several million gallons of chlorinated raw sewage into the Hudson River at Sleepy Hollow overnight Wednesday, the Health Department said.

The treated sewage bypass is needed so that repairs can be made to the sewer line. The sewer line break is also expected to result in a discharge into the Hudson River at Yonkers.

As a precautionary measure the Health Department is asking that residents curtail their activities, including swimming, boating, kayaking, windsurfing and bathing in these waters until further notice. Notifications were being made to marinas located on the Hudson River as well as to affected municipalities.