Surf Beach sewage spill feared

A Surf Beach resident has captured images of what he fears to be a raw sewage spill at Surf Beach last night triggered by the heavy rains. 

"Two sewerage mains had popped their heavy concrete lids under the pressure of millions of litres of raw sewage from last night's rain," resident Gary Waddell said.

"The sewage poured directly into the creek that runs under Beach Road at Surf Beach and empties out at the south end of Surf Beach itself.

"The photos show toilet paper and large chunks of faeces on the footpath. It appears that council have refitted and sealed the lids today.

"There was a red light on a post flashing, which comes on when the sewerage pump isn't working. I rang the number on the post and a lady at Nowra answered. She said that the (Eurobodalla Shire) council knew about it but nothing could be done about it.  

"The question should be asked, why hasn't the infrastructure been built to cope with such a contingency?

"This presents a direct risk to the health of residents, visitors and the environment."

Eurobodalla Shire Council is currently preparing a response to Bay Post/Moruya Examiner inquiries about the matter.

This incident should not be confused with the naturally occurring beach foam that has formed today on the South Coast. The foam forms when saturated trees release resin and sap into creeks, rivers and eventually the ocean. Significant drifts have formed today on the South Coast.

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