Suffolk advises no swimming at 60 beaches
Suffolk County Department of Health Services is advising residents to avoid bathing at 60 area beaches after heavy rainfall Monday may increase the potential that bacterial levels will exceed state standards.
The notice affects beaches that are currently open for the season, including ones along the northern shoreline of Great South Bay, within and adjacent to North Shore embayments and Long Island Sound beaches that are typically impacted by stormwater discharge.
Beaches in the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Huntington, Islip and Smithtown are affected.
The county recommends residents avoid bathing and other water contact until two successive tide cycles have occurred after the end of the rainfall.
Unless sampling shows elevated bacteria amounts, the advisory will be canceled at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
For more information, call the bathing beach hotline at 631-852-5822 and for a complete list of beaches included in the advisory, go to www.suffolkcountyny.gov/health.