NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Heavy rainfall has raised the bacteria levels at 22 beaches in Suffolk County prompting officials to warn against swimming there, for now.
The impacted areas are near watersheds and tributaries that are enclosed, limiting tidal flushing.
Swimming will be permitted again on Aug. 24 at 9 a.m., unless tests show high levels of bacteria remain.
Eight beaches remain closed due to continued high bacteria levels:
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
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.