Mill Beach is temporarily closed after a sewer main broke Wednesday, potentially contaminating the beach and Macklyn Creek.
Brookings City Manager, Janell Howard, said city workers have contained the break and are working on the repair, but getting to the pipe was challenging because it is so deep underground. Nevertheless, excavators were used to unearth the broken section of pipe and she expects it will be repaired by the end of the day.
Howard said that it’s likely the pipe broke due to age. A restoration process will begin next week to clean up Macklyn Creek and Mill Beach, however, there is a potential for E. coli or other bacterial contamination, she said.
Once the repair is finished, both the state and the city will test for contamination. They will also conduct follow-up tests after that.