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Westchester lifts Hudson River advisory

With the Tappan Zee Bridge in the background,

With the Tappan Zee Bridge in the background, waves crash in the Hudson River in Piermont as a result of high winds as Hurricane Sandy approaches. (Oct. 29, 2012) Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The Westchester County Health Department has lifted its advisory against contact with the Hudson River in Westchester.

Swimmers, boaters, kayakers and windsurfers are free to resume direct contact with the water, the department said in a news release Tuesday morning.

The advisory was issued Oct. 29 as a precaution amid superstorm Sandy after the Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant was shut down to protect equipment and for the safety of employees. The plant was flooded and sustained heavy damage during the storm.

"The plant began secondary wastewater treatment on Nov. 22, and test results of the plant effluent demonstrate that the effluent limits are being met," the Health Department said. Although the plant is fully functioning, repairs continue and are expected to cost $12.65 million.

"The county will file for and expects to get some reimbursement from FEMA," Heather McGill, a Health Department spokeswoman, wrote in an email. "It's unknown at this time what the dollar amount will be."

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