Suffolk County health officials are issing a bathing advisory regarding 67 beaches following Friday afternoon's heavy rains and storm conditions.
Included on the advisory list are Corey Creek in Blue Point, Bayport Beach, Sayville Beach, West Oaks Recreation Club Beach in West Sayville, Sayville Marina Park Beach, Islip Town's Lake Ronkonkoma Beach and West Islip Beach.
The advisory comes just hours after torrential rains hit the south shore mid day Friday.
Officials state the advisory is based on the potential that bacterial numbers will be in excess of New York State standards resulting from the heavy rain that occurred today.
The beaches covered by the advisory are located in areas that are heavily influenced by stormwater runoff from the surrounding watersheds and/or adjacent tributaries, and because of their location in an enclosed embayment, experience limited tidal flushing.
The department recommends 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 cessation of rainfall. Unless sampling done by the Department finds elevated bacterial numbers persisting beyond the 24-hour period, this advisory will be lifted at 6 a.m. Sunday, August 12.
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 the website link and under “Our Mission,” “Our Environment,” click “Beaches.”