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Officials warn of sewage spill in Seminole County

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Crews have fixed a break in a sewage pipe in Seminole County, but Health Department officials are warning of the possibility of water contamination.

Officials said the sewage spill is near Andre Court and Hickman Drive in Sanford, just east of I-4. The area is industrial and includes mostly businesses.

The issue was discovered Saturday morning and officials said as much as 500,000 gallons of sewage spilled. The broken sewage pipe was fixed on Sunday, but the Health Department is still warning of the possibility of contamination.

"This is the largest spill that I’ve been involved in," Seminole County Utilities manager Gary Rudolph said.

The sewage spilled into nearby canals and storm culverts, but at this point is not affecting local drinking water. The bulk of the sewage is believed to have seeped into a storm water treatment plant on the other side of I-4, according to officials.

"Residents are urged to take precaution in these areas and avoid these waterways," Dr. Swannie Jett with the Health Department said.

Signs have been put up in the area of the spill warning residents of the potential health hazard.