DHEC issues swimming advisory for Briarcliffe beaches due to bacteria
COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – The Department of Health and Environmental Control has placed a section of beach along the Grand Strand under a swimming advisory due to bacteria levels, according to a news release from DHEC.
"The affected areas include 200 feet above and below the beach access at Town of Briarcliffe Cabana and the Middle Gate Beach Access in the Town of Briarcliffe," said Sean Torrens of DHEC's Pee Dee Environmental Quality Control office in Myrtle Beach.
He stated, "These areas were adversely impacted by the heavy rains that struck our coastline Monday night and early Tuesday. High bacteria levels have been detected in these sections of beach, and swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal."
Torrens says it is safe to collect shells, wade and fish within these swimming advisory areas.
"To guard against the possibility of swallowing the water, it's best to keep your head up and out of the water," Torrens said.
According to Torrens, people who have open cuts or wounds should try to avoid contact with the water.
Temporary signs will be placed at beaches found to have high levels of bacteria in the water by DHEC staff. Currently, permanent signs are at beach locations cautioning that bacteria levels in the water could be high following heavy rains.
Monday, August 21 2017 5:01 PM EDT2017-08-21 21:01:51 GMT
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