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1.2 million gallons of wastewater spills into Seminole County creek

More than 1 million gallons of raw wastewater were spilled into a Seminole County creek.

According to Utilities Incorporated of Florida, the spill happened overnight from 10 p.m. Tuesday [Oct. 8] until 5 a.m. Wednesday [Oct. 9].

The company has contacted Florida's Department of Environmental Protection.

According to the company, approximately 1.2 million gallons of raw wastewater overflowed into Sweetwater Creek because of an equipment malfunction.

Cleanup of the creek is currently underway.

The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County has issued a health advisory because of the spill.

The Florida Department of Health is asking anyone who comes in contact with the river water to wash thoroughly, especially before eating or drinking, out of an abundance of caution.

People are also being asked to not swim or fish in the water at this time.