FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Due to the impact of the amount of rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Alberto, all beaches in Horry County have been placed under a swimming advisory, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.
Sampling shows all but three stations are exceeding the safe swimming standard for bacteria. The reason for these unusually high numbers is the excessive amounts of rainfall over the past two days.
Swimming is not advised until bacteria levels return to normal.
According to the Department, it is safe to wade, collect shells and fish within the swimming advisory area. To guard against the possibility of swallowing the water, it's best to keep your head up and out of the water. People with open cuts or other wounds should also avoid contact with the water.
The absence of signs at any location during the next several days is not an indication that bacteria levels have returned to normal. This is an unusually widespread event that could take several days to clear. The agency has already collected a second round of samples and will continue to collect daily samples until results have returned to normal.
Please visit http://gis.dhec.sc.gov/beachaccess/ to view recent water sampling results along the coast. This website will be updated as new data is available.