SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY – After the crazy storm and heavy rain that hit Suffolk County on Thursday night, the Department of Health issued an advisory against bathing at 22 local beaches.
The advisory is in place because heavy rain often causes higher levels of bacteria.
The beaches covered by the advisory are located in areas that are heavily influenced by stormwater runoff from the surrounding watersheds and adjacent tributaries, and because of their location in enclosed embayments, experience limited tidal flushing.
Health officials recommend that bathing and other water contact be suspended in affected areas until the waters have been flushed by two successive tidal cycles, at least a 24-hour period, after the rainfall.
The advisory will be lifted Saturday, August 24 at 9 a.m., unless sampling conducted by the department reveals elevated levels of bacteria persisting beyond the 24-hour period.
The following beaches are closed during this time:
- Sound Beach POA East
- Sound Beach POA West
- Tides Beach in Sound Beach
- Beech Road Beach (NSBA) in Rocky Point
- Broadway Beach (NSBA) in Rocky Point
- Friendship Drive Beach (NSBA) in Rocky Point
- Shoreham Village Beach
- Shoreham Beach
- Stony Brook Beach
- Shoreham Shore Club Beach
- Miller Place Park Beach
- Scotts Beach in Sound Beach
- Woodhull Landing POA Beach in Miller Place
- Bayberry Cove Beach in Setauket-East Setauket
- Bayview Beach in Setauket-East Setauket
- Grantland Beach in Setauket-East Setauket
- Indian Field Beach in Setauket-East Setauket
- Little Bay Beach in Setauket-East Setauket
- Soundview Beach Association Beach in Old Field
- Terraces on the Sound in Rocky Point
- Centerport Yacht Club Beach
- Lake Ronkonkoma – Islip Town Beach
In addition, Tanner Park Beach in Copiague, Venetian Shores Beach in West Babylon, Corey Beach in Blue Point, Benjamins Beach in Bay Shore, Islip Beach, West Islip Beach, Sayville Marina Park Beach, and Bayport Beach are closed and will remain closed until further testing reveals that the bacteria have subsided to acceptable levels.
For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 852-5822, contact the Department’s Office of Ecology at 852-5760 during normal business hours, or visit Suffolk County Department of Health Services beach monitoring webpage.