EAST LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — It's safe to swim at East Lyme beaches again after a sewage spill totaling 15,000 to 20,000 gallons shut them down.
"Everything's okay," said Joseph Aseltine, beach-goer.
Are you glad to hear that," asked News 8's Tina Detelj
Yeah it's been a pretty nice day so far," said Aseltine.
Now the Hole in the Wall beach, along with four other swimming holes in East Lyme got the clean bill of health. Concerns rose when a computer glitch at a pump station failed and waste in a well was sent onto the street.
News 8 is told more than 15,000 gallons of sewage came up through the manhole cover and then flowed into the nearby catch basins. Just on the other side of the railroad tracks there is Niantic Bay.
The mishap didn't bury Ryan Knoechelman's plans. The latest water tests came up clean.
"It was a little chilly, but it's nice to be able to if you want to," said Knoechelman.
And come this weekend many will want to take a dip, especially with the annual Celebrate East Lyme day on tap.
"It wouldn't be the same to have the beaches closed, you know, it's kind of a gloomy outside to it," said Jack Giuliano, Giuliano's Bakery.
However, the sun will shine on the beaches and this event, Giuliano's Bakery is hoping to start a new tradition to rival Coney Island's hot dog eating contest.
In Niantic they'll be woofing down the Monster.
"It has like four pieces of bacon, three pieces of sausage, three pieces of ham, two eggs, a rib eye steak, and two pieces of cheese," Giuliano said.
Whoever eats the most in 15 minutes gets a t-shirt, $500, and possibly a belly ache. However, it won't be because of the water.
MONROE, Conn. (AP) — A 72-year-old homeowner has died following a house fire that injured five others, including four firefighters.
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A multi-vehicle crash closed part of Interstate 95 in southwestern Connecticut for about two hours as road conditions turned slippery with the arrival of a wintry storm.
Lawmakers in Connecticut and New York are calling on the Federal Railroad Administration to take immediate action to try and prevent another deadly train crash like the one that happened last weekend in New York City.
Members of the Machinists union who work at jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney have approved a new three-year contract.
Manchester police are investigating what lead one man to allegedly kill three women and then take his own life.
The University of Connecticut has awarded the first two scholarships under a program launched to help those affected by last year's massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
A student accused of setting off a lockdown and massive police response at Central Connecticut State University by wearing a ninja-like costume on campus is set to face a judge for the first time.
Newtown police officers rescued two people from a house fire, early Sunday.
Enfield resident Harold Slater was just 20-years-old the day he witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Two men were arrested after breaking into a home then driving at officers during a pursuit in Waterbury on Saturday night.