ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Exactly one week after nearly 200,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Flint River, many in the community are wondering if it's safe to fish or boat in the area.
Representatives from the Flint Riverkeeper says it is safe to fish in the water as long as you don't eat the fish raw.
They say as long as the fish is cooked, diseases and bacteria will cook off with heat.
Gordon Rogers, the Executive Director of Flint Riverkeeper, says the community should only be concerned with swimming, kayaking, or boating in the water due to the possibility of falling in the water.
"That's what people need to be cautious about is the bodily contact like nose, mouth, ears. That's where you pick up infections or open cuts. People who are immunocompromised in any way. Those are the concerns," said Rogers.
Right now officials with the Flint Riverkeeper says they've started a sampling program this week in the river so people can get current water data on a weekly bases.
They will also monitor the city's progress with fixing the issue as well.