Following Monday's heavy rainfall and in anticipation of more rain on Tuesday, Suffolk County officials have placed 67 beaches – including eight in the Three Village area – under a beach advisory due to elevated levels of bacteria, and have cautioned residents to avoid bathing in these areas.
According to a county release, these beaches are "heavily influenced by stormwater runoff from the surrounding watersheds and/or adjacent tributaries." Two successive tidal cycles will usually fix the problem by flushing the area, according to the county.
The local beaches listed are:
- Grantland Beach
- Indian Field Beach
- Bayberry Cove Beach
- Bayview Beach
- Little Bay Beach
- Soundview Beach Association Beach
- Stony Brook Beach
- Stony Brook Yacht Club Beach
The advisory is set to expire at 6 p.m. Thursday unless the Department of Health Services tests the waters again and finds bacteria levels have fallen within the normal range.