Talk About Bad Timing...

Submitted by ub on Thu, 07/21/2011 - 09:54

With the national heat dome moving our way, our public beaches may be closed in a day. So fat, the Hudson and East, and Harlem Rivers are off-limits to sports canoeing, kayaking, and swimming through this weekend.

The culprit is an explosion at a water-treatment plant in Manhattan, which forced the city to pump raw sewage into the river. A fire ripped through the engine room of the North River Waste water Treatment Plant on West 135th Street.

According to experts, it would take two days of constant discharge before our area beaches are impacted, and officials say they are working to fix this facility. ASAP.

Officials sat the city's drinking water is not contaminated. Meanwhile, it took 170 firefighters three hours to kill the four-alarm blaze, which is now under investigation. No injuries were reported.

Health Department officials are warning everyone to stay out of these waterways.