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UPDATE | No estimate yet on size of sewage spill in Eagle Harbor

Bainbridge officials are still trying to get a grip on how much sewage escaped into Eagle Harbor during Thursday night's break of a sewer line near Irene Place.

City officials said a resident reported the break in the sewage pipeline, which is located on the beach and not far from the failure in the line that spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the harbor last August.

A work crew stopped the flow of sewage to the pipe at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, and a public works crew set up a temporary bypass from the broken line to the lift station on Highway 305.

Officials said the Kitsap Public Health District has issued an advisory for people and pets to avoid contact with Eagle Harbor waters until further notice. Shellfish harvesting is also not advised.

City officials noted that work to repair the break will begin at low tide late Friday afternoon, and the city hopes to replace the section of pipeline before the end of the year. The city is talking with regulatory authorities to secure permitting to begin the work, Bainbridge officials said.

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