The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) on Friday issued a water contact advisory for portions of Josey Creek and Trim Cane Creek in Oktibbeha County. 

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A map of the area under the contact advisory

MDEQ says the advisory was issued due to a faulty lift station that discharged sewage into Josey Creek.

It is unclear at this time how much sewage was discharged into the creek.

MDEQ elaborated on the advisory, saying the impacted area extends from where Josey Creek crosses Highway 82 to where it joins Trim Cane Creek and for Trim Cane Creek to its confluence with Sun Creek.

MDEQ recommends people avoid water contact such as swimming, wading, and fishing. What's more, people should also avoid eating fish or anything else taken from these waters until further notice.

The city of Starkville has been contacted, according to MDEQ, and water samples will be collected to monitor the water quality in the area.

This is a developing story. For more, read Saturday's Starkville Daily News.

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