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Briarcliffe Acres swimming advisory lifted

BRIARCLIFFE ACRES, SC (WMBF) - Red signs have been taken down from the beach in Briarcliffe Acres that were warning people not to swim in the water due to high bacteria levels.

DHEC said the bacteria levels have returned to normal.

See previous coverage here: DHEC issues swimming advisory for Briarcliffe beaches due to bacteria

People on the beach before the warning was lifted said they were swimming anyway because they've never gotten sick from the ocean in this area.

"Naturally I would be worried, but the matriarch over there is telling me not to be worried, so I'm going to trust her judgment and not worry about it," said Jessica Ross, who has been vacationing in Briarcliffe Acres throughout her life.

The warning signs were placed up toward the sand dunes, so some said they didn't see the signs until after they got in the water.

"They should make it more well known like spread it more because the tourists don't really check the news and stuff as often as the locals and they don't know and it freaks them out when they come here and they may not want to come back here," said Sarah Collins, who is vacationing in Briarcliffe Acres.

Although the swimming advisory has been lifted, the town of Briarcliffe Acres is taking steps to reduce the possibility of future advisories.

Mayor Gary Pell said the town is planning to pass an ordinance requiring residents in the floodplains east of the lakes to get hooked up to a sewer system instead of using septic systems.

He said the sewer system is ready and some residents are on it, but not all of them are, so the final phase of sewer hook up should happen in the next year.

He said the town can't completely prevent high levels of bacteria from entering the water, but this will at least reduce the potential for advisories.

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