The Hooch unsafe to play in after recent rains - CBS46 News

The Hooch unsafe to play in after recent rains

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Chattahoochee River near Vinings Chattahoochee River near Vinings
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Water moccasins aren't the only things lurking in the Chattahoochee Tuesday. The recent heavy rains has sent runoff to the Hooch, making the water very dangerous.

Juliet Cohen with Chattahoochee Riverkeepers helps monitor the river for pollutants. "When it rains we have problems with septic tanks overflowing, storm water and sewer lines spill in to the river." That in turn floods the river with bacteria like E. coli. It's a bacteria that can cause digestion problems and, in high amounts, death.

The Environmental Protection Agency says a E. coli count of 235 is considered to be unsafe. At last check, the Hooch has a count of close to 1,000. This is making the water very dangerous to be around.

Christian Riley lives in nearby Vinings and was unaware of the extremely high counts.

"That's nasty and my dogs just drank out of it, that's just gross," Riley said.

Cohen says that after a couple of dry days, the bacteria levels will be back to normal and safe to play in.

Water monitoring 

BacteriAlert

USGS/Chattahoochee Riverway Project

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