‘It’s green and it stinks.’ Raw sewage flooding Jersey Shore town causes bay contamination concerns.

‘It’s green and it stinks.’ Raw sewage flooding Jersey Shore town causes bay contamination concerns.

For almost two days, Jerry Pikunas has been stuck in his Ventnor house. A ruptured sewage pipe reported Sunday on Wellington and Dorset avenues near his residence has caused raw waste to flood nearby streets — and the fix could still be days away. The broken pipe is owned by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. “It has gotten worse... It’s green and it stinks,” Pikunas said. “I have to get to the Acme, I have some medication I have to pick up. I’m going to attempt to drive through this... (But) this is really, really inconvenient.” The Department of Environmental Protection ordered on Tuesday afternoon the suspension of shellfish harvesting in the area known as Lakes Bay and Shelter Island Bay north of the Margate Bridge. The county is conducting water samples at about six or seven sites in the bay, said Ventnor commissioner Lance Landgraf, including an area by Ventnor Plaza. Menzel said results take at least a day. “That’s what the sampling is for, to check the impact,” Menzel said. “Generally things clear up pretty quickly. It’s a …
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