Sewer sludge closes Westchester beaches after Long Island Sound leak

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WESTCHESTER (PIX11) – On a hot summer say, the sight of people heading out to the beaches and pools is nothing surprising.

“It’s the perfect beach day to keep cool!” One swimmer said.

But around Westchester, things are a bit different.

Kayaks are going untouched. Beaches are quiet without swimmers. And if you look closely, the water appears to be not so clean.

“This is where the break is,” Thomas Lauro, the commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities says as he points to a map of the area.

“It’s just before the concrete encased section that goes under Blind Brook,” Lauro said. “We found the hole in the pipe, and we have to drain it before we can make the repair.”

The commissioner says they are working to fix an underground main break which has spewed sludge in the water.

The burst happened Monday night. Since then, the Dept. of Health in Westchester issued an alert, cautioning people to avoid the water until further notice.

“It’s unfortunate timing. But pipes do fail from time to time,” Lauro says about the pipe which has been in the ground since 1980.

Crews are working to fix the mess currently, but the swimming alert will remain in effect indefinitely.