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Wilton Manors, Oakland Park and Fort Lauderdale Canals Reopened

Written by Richard Hack

FORT LAUDERDALE–Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, Fort Lauderdale city officials have given the green light for the use of inland waterways that had been off-limits since last week when a precautionary water advisory was issued.

The advisory was the result of a pair of sewer leaks, one of which was off of Sunrise Blvd at George English Park and Bayview Drive. It was there last Thursday that a 42-inch sewer pipe broke and raw sewerage ran into the street as well as into George English Lake.

In another break, this one underground, a sewer pipe broke at the corner of SE 10th St and SE 2nd St near downtown.

A precautionary water advisory to avoid water-related recreational activities in inland waterways in Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors and Oakland Park  had been in place since last Sunday. All advisories have now been lifted with the exception of those involving George English Lake and the Himmarshee Canal in Fort Lauderdale.

Drinking water was never impacted by the sewer spill.

George English Lake is located at 1101 Bayview Drive and remains closed, as does Himmarshee Canal from the New River to U.S. 1.

The city has reopened several boat launches, at Cox’s Landing and the 15th Street Boat Ramp, Cooley’s Landing at 450 SW Seventh Ave. and Riverland Woods Park at 3950 Riverland Road.

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