Heavy rain and a power outage caused two sewage spills in Panama City, health officials said Tuesday.

About 1500 gallons of raw sewage was released from a lift station at 1215 Palo Alto Avenue North due to a power outage. The sewage entered a storm drain which empties into Watson Bayou.   

And about 6000 gallons of raw sewage escaped from a manhole in the 500 block of 6th Street due to the significant rainfall. The sewage entered a storm drain which empties into Massalina Bayou.   

Sewage contamination of water can expose bathers to intestinal viruses, bacteria, and parasites, health officials wrote in a news release.

Health officials say swimmers should stay out of Watson Bayou between 10th Street and Business Highway 98 and out of Massalina Bayou between 6th Street and 4th Street until further notice

For more information, you may contact the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at (850) 872-4455.