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Sewage Leak Stopped, River Still Unsafe

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining sewage leak has been stopped, but that doesn't mean it's time to get back in the river.

The Westchester County Department of Health has advised swimmers, boaters, kayakers and others who were hoping to enjoy a beautiful day on the water that they should continue to avoid direct contact with the Hudson River until further notice. Results of water sample tests came back Friday evening and showed an unacceptable level of bacteria, the department said.

The Village of Ossining completed repairs Friday on a village sewer main damaged by a fallen tree. The leak was reported Thursday and officials estimated that there had been an ongoing sewage discharge of 1.5 million gallons per day of sewage pouring into a stream that feeds the Hudson River for an undetermined amount of time. The leak was only discovered because water in the stream, the Killbrook Creek, had turned strangely brown.

The two Hudson River beaches in Westchester, Croton Point Park Beach and Philipse Manor Beach, must remain closed until further notice.

The Health Department will continue to monitor the situation. Check back here for updates.

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