A dozen Long Island beaches remained closed to swimming on the Independence Day holiday because of concern about bacterial levels.
Nassau County health officials ordered 10 North Shore beaches and one on the South Shore closed earlier, and they remained closed Friday. Officials cited the heavy rains that generate stormwater runoff, which can sweep bacteria and pathogens into local streams and bays, causing bacterial levels to spike.
The North Shore beaches are: Centre Island Sound, Creek Club, Lattingtown Beach, Laurel Hollow Beach, Piping Rock Beach Club, Pryibil Beach, Ransom Beach, Theodore Roosevelt Beach, Soundside Beach and Stehli Beach. Also, Biltmore Beach Club in Massapequa remained closed because of earlier elevated levels of bacteria, officials said.
Swimming remained prohibited at West Beach at Heckscher State Park in East Islip because of unacceptable water quality, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said Friday morning. Field 6 at West Beach was closed Thursday as a precautionary measure, to ensure the health and safety of swimmers, the state agency said. Field 8 at Overlook Beach remained open, a spokeswoman said Friday.
Meanwhile, Long Island towns and villages reported minimal flooding conditions because of Friday's rainfall.
"We're in pretty good shape," East Hampton Supervisor Larry Cantwell said about noon Friday. He noted "rough sea conditions and a lot of rip current."
He said the town has advised residents to be wary of the ocean if the weather improves Saturday and Sunday.
Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said there was minor flooding on some of the town's roadways but added, "We were spared quite a bit."
"Hopefully, it will blow past us," she said about noon Friday.
For recorded information on beach closings and openings in Nassau, call 516-227-9700. Health department representatives are available weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at 516-227-9717.