Updated Sept. 1, 2013
EVERETT, Wash. -- Langus Park, Rotary Park and Jetty Island beaches in Everett re-opened for swimming Saturday after tests deemed the water safe following Thursday's flooding of several sewage systems. Howarth Park and Pigeon Creek Park, however, remain closed. Water samples were taken Sunday and test results will be available Monday.
Thursday’s storms caused big problems for sewer systems around Western Washington. In Everett, storm drains were overrun and potentially contaminated water ended up in the Snohomish River and, eventually, Puget Sound.
The city had residents to avoid the water at Howarth Park, Pigeon Creek Beach, Langus Park, Rotary Park and Jetty Island, and signs were posted at the parks to warn people about the bacteria concerns.
Friday afternoon, some people were already getting a jump on their weekend activities. Rowie Torres and his brother-in-law were fishing near Jetty Island when they learned about the water problems.
Torres and his brother planned to throw back everything they caught. “I can buy real crab at the store,” Torres said.
The state Department of Ecology issued a beach closure for the water near Mukilteo’s Lighthouse Park, but there were no signs posted on the property Friday. State workers posted the signs early Saturday.
Park workers and parents said nobody had told them to be careful.
“Had I known, I wouldn’t have had my son playing in the water for the last hour so I’m a little bit wondering what’s going on here and a little concerned,” Hally Bylin said.
The state warns that contact with infected water can cause stomach problems, skins rashes and other illnesses. It may not be a good idea to go in the water, but people can still enjoy the parks.
“It’s the perfect place to come for a bonfire and a barbecue and enjoy relaxing by the fire” Bylin said.
Water quality problems are also being reported near Bremerton. The Kitsap Public Health District issued a no contact advisory for Evergreen Park, Lions Field and Lents Landing.