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West Meadow Beach Cleared for Swimming Monday Morning

Suffolk County Department of Health Services lifts its closure originally issued Thursday.

West Meadow Beach has been reopened to swimmers as of Monday morning, a county Department of Health Services representative said Monday.

The beach was , an effect of stormwater runoff from last week's heavy rains.

According to the department, enterococci, which is an indicator of fecal bacteria, was found in higher-than-acceptable levels on Aug. 15 and Aug. 13 than on previous days.

The department has announced multiple beach closures over the past few weeks following heavy rains. Typically, it says, normal tidal flushing generally fixes the problem.

According to the county, it is the responsibility of the town or village in which the beaches are located to put up signs letting people know of the closure. A Town of Brookhaven spokesman said: "Signs were posted on Friday and Saturday. Red flags were also put up. Staff at the front gate advised residents, and lifeguards also patrolled the beach to advise people that there was no swimming."

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Andrew L August 20, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Good to hear!
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