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Eatons Neck beach closed due to high bacteria levels, Suffolk officials say

Valley Grove Beach in Eatons Neck has been

Valley Grove Beach in Eatons Neck has been temporarily closed to bathing because of high levels of bacteria in the water, the Suffolk health department said Tuesday. Credit: Newsday/Julia Gaines/JULIA GAINES

Bathing has been temporarily banned at Valley Grove Beach in Eatons Neck after higher-than-acceptable levels of bacteria were detected in the water, the Suffolk County health department announced Tuesday.

In a news release, the department said the beach would reopen once the bacterial levels are found to have subsided.

The release did not define the acceptable level, or say the level detected that prompted the closure.

From May to December, the county health department collects samples at more than 190 beaches in Suffolk to screen for abnormalities.

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