Wednesday, August 30, 2006
High bacterial counts in the water due to the recent heavy rains caused closure of Westport beaches to swimmers today.
A sign and flag at Compo Beach tell beachgoers there is no swimming today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Affected were Compo Beach, Old Mill Beach, Burying Hill Beach, and state beaches at Sherwood Island State Park.
Westport has received more than 9 inches of rain this month, according to one local weather station, with almost 7 inches in recent days.
Westport’s Parks and Recreation Department said the town closures were ordered by the the Westport Weston Health District which expected the beaches to reopen to swimmers Thursday.
The state Department of Environmental Protection announced that Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park beaches would be closed to swimmers along with three other state beaches.
The other beaches were Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, and Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth.
The DEP said it ordered the closings after routine samplings turned up higher-than-normal bacteria levels in the water.
Samples are collected weekly and analyzed at a state public health lab.
Posted 08/30/06 at 10:18 AM Permalink