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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 01, 2018

DHEC Updates Beach Swimming Advisories for June 1, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Department of Health and Environmental Control is updating the beach swimming advisories for May 31,2018.

New advisories are being issued for the affected areas listed below and include 200 feet above and below:

  • 16th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach
  • 16th Avenue North in Surfside Beach

The advisory continues for the affected areas listed below and include 200 feet above and below:

  • 11th Avenue North in Surfside Beach
  • 3rd Avenue South in Surfside Beach

High Enterococcus bacteria levels have been detected in these sections of beach, and swimming is not advised until these bacteria levels return to normal.

The advisory is lifted for three sections of beach.

The areas affected were:

  • 59th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach
  • 45th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach
  • 3rd Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach

Enterococcus bacteria levels no longer exceed water quality standards.

Please be mindful of long-term swimming advisories in the area. These have signs permanently posted advising beach goers about the water. Many of these are at or near areas where storm water enters the beach. These waters can still contain high levels of Enterococcus bacteria.

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.

Temporary swimming advisory signs are placed at beaches found to have high levels of Enterococcus bacteria in the water where there is not currently a long-term swimming advisory sign. Please visit http://gis.dhec.sc.gov/beachaccess/ to view recent water sampling results along the coast.

For more information, call your local DHEC office:

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