Sewage Closes Ocean City Beach to Swimmers

The beach is closed to swimmers from Stenton Place to Delancey Place.

By Kelly Bayliss and David Chang
|  Monday, Aug 13, 2012  |  Updated 7:44 PM EDT
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No swimming is allowed in Ocean City, N.J. from Stenton Place to Delancey Place. According to Ocean City officials a sewer overflowed into the street and some of the sewage flowed through the storm drain and into the ocean. NBC10's Ted Greenberg spoke to disappointed shore goers.

NBC10 Philadelphia -Ted Greenberg

No swimming is allowed in Ocean City, N.J. from Stenton Place to Delancey Place. According to Ocean City officials a sewer overflowed into the street and some of the sewage flowed through the storm drain and into the ocean. NBC10's Ted Greenberg spoke to disappointed shore goers.

Ocean City, New Jersey has closed a portion of its beach to swimmers after sewage leaked into the ocean.

Bathing is prohibited from Stenton Place to Delancey Place after a sewer overflowed into the street and some of the sewage flowed through the storm drain and into the ocean, according to Ocean City officials. Officials say blockage caused by grease led to the overflow.

The Cape May County Health Department is testing the water for bacteria.

Results are expected Tuesday.

Last week, three Ocean City beaches were closed as a precautionary measure because of concerns about high bacteria levels, according to officials. Those beaches have since reopened.

Local beachgoers spoke to NBC10 about the closure.

"It's a little disconcerting," said Lisa Licciardello of Mickelton, New Jersey. "We're upset. We drove an hour and a half to come down."

"Closing beaches at this time of the year is the worst PR Ocean City could ever have and I love this island," said Chuck Betson of Ocean City.

"I think it's a little bit of a string of bad luck," said O.C. Community Services Director Jim Mallon. "We certainly understand that people are concerned."

"It's a 24-hour process so it'll be closed today," said Chief Tom Mullineaux of the Ocean City Beach Patrol. "Hopefully tomorrow everything will be open and good."

The beach is still open to sun seekers.

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