Sewage leak prompts health advisory for Hudson River use

Westchester Health Department officials are urging residents to stay out of the Hudson River despite the excessive heat, after a fire at a New York City sewage plant caused water contamination.

Officials say the fire at a water treatment plant in Harlem last night gave them no choice but to dump raw, untreated waste water into the river.

The Health Department says the Hudson River is off limits to swimmers and kayakers through the weekend, despite the expected scorching temperatures. Beaches along the Hudson River have already posted signs letting residents know there will be no swimming.

The health advisory is for the entire Westchester County and all of Manhattan Island.

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