The Suffolk County Department of Health has issued advisories against 67 bathing beaches, including one in Sag Harbor Village, due to heavy rainfall on Friday.
The advisory is based on the potential that bacterial numbers will exceed New York State standards, as tends to happen after heavy rain.
The advisory was issued for Havens Beach in Sag Harbor, the only beach in the Town of East Hampton. No advisories were issued for Southampton Town beaches.
Beaches covered by the advisory are located in areas that are heavily influenced by stormwater runoff in the Great South Bay, Moriches Bay, Shinnecock Bay, Peconic Bays, Long Island Sound and within and adjacent to various north shore embayments, the health department said.
The health department recommends bathing be suspended in affected areas until the waters have been flushed by four successive tidal cycles, or a 48 hour period, after the end of the rain. Unless sampling reveals there are elevated bacterial numbers, the advisory will be lifted on Sunday at 6 a.m. (barring no further heavy rains).
Atlantic Ocean beaches are not directly influenced by stormwater runoff.
For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 631-852-5822 or click on the “Beach Advisories & Closures."