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Nassau closes 19 beaches on bacteria concerns

Heavy rainfall has prompted the closing of 19 beaches, the Nassau County Department of Health said Tuesday.

The closings are a precautionary measure, based on concerns over possible bacteria in the water, according to health officials. Stormwater runoff after heavy rainfall often can cause bacterial levels to spike, they said.

Fourteen of the closed beaches are on the North Shore: Centre Island Sound, Creek Club, Lattingtown Beach, Laurel Hollow Beach, Morgan Sound, North Hempstead Beach Park, Piping Rock Beach Club, Pryibil Beach, Ransom Beach, Roosevelt Beach, Sea Cliff Village Beach, Soundside Beach, Stehli Beach and Tappen Beach.

The five closed South Shore beaches include Biltmore Beach Club, Hewlett Point Beach, Island Park Beach, Merrick Estates Civic Association and Philip Healey Beach.

Health Department representatives can answer questions on beach closings weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at 516-227-9717.

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