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While careless Myrtle Beach leaders dump raw sewage into swash, others infected/ die from flesh-eating bacteria 48 hours after FL beach trips

Last Sunday, the City of Myrtle Beach dumped 15,000 gallons of raw sewage into the swash that drains onto the beach at 3rd Avenue South.

In 2018, the Myrtle Beach Sun News reported: A 40-year-old sewer pipe broke along Canal Street on May 28, spilling 105,000 gallons of sewage. At least one-third of the sewer pipes in the City of Myrtle Beach are between 30 and 40 years old, according to the city. “I don’t know that there’s a guarantee that it wouldn’t occur again,” city spokesman Mark Kruea said. “This was a localized failure of a small section of pipe due to multiple issues. It’s very rare. We may have one instance like this per year, if that.”

Meanwhile, WZTV reports that a Tennessee man died from a flesh-eating bacterium over the weekend after a trip to a popular Florida beach.

The Memphis man’s family said they knew some bacteria can infect through open wounds and cuts, but they had no idea his compromised immune system may have put him at risk too.

Less than 12 hours after visiting Destin Beach in Florida, Cheryl Wiygul said her father started feeling ill. Once the family returned to Memphis, a large black sore developed on his back and red bumps showed up on his arms and legs. Within 48 hours, he was dead.

CBS also reported this week that a Maryland woman died from the same beach bacteria. CBS This Morning’s Gayle King spoke of a healthy, young male who also contracted the flesh eating virus. Those reports can be seen in the video above.

Decayed Myrtle Beach Sewage Pipes

As local Myrtle Beach resident Bill Tavui points out below, “Here is the definition of theatrical screening. Work done to give the illusion of actual work being done.

You can check with the city for the actual dates of work. A small pumping station was installed on the corner. Recently the pipes from the pumping station to Kings Hwy was replaced. You can see how bad things were for years by the corroded pipe, and huge holes in the pipe. These holes would be at the bottom of the pipe in the ground meaning there was nothing to prevent sewage leaks. The theatrical part, is someone at some time complained about the leaks. Look at the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Someone from the utility company went out and put a nice patch on the small section of a pipe. They had to dig the whole length of the pipe and see a lot of the damage no matter which side was up. Also this would indicate that that pipe is rotted for a greater distance. Maybe you could check on how old the pipe is, and guess how many miles of similar aged pipe is out there.

Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pedersen

City Manager John Pedersen says he believes Beach Bacteria is a social media created issue.



About David Hucks

Born in 1961, David is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area.David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

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