Health district: No swimming, wading at East Lyme beach until further notice

East Lyme — Elevated bacterial counts in water samples at Giants Neck Heights beach prompted Ledge Light Health District to close the area until further notice on Friday.

Ledge Light in a news release Friday said it conducted bathing water sampling at multiple beaches on Monday and all except for Giants Neck Heights were below the bacterial action levels set by state officials. The area with elevated bacterial counts was resampled Wednesday, and the high counts persisted, leading to the temporary closure.

Rain and other contaminating events prior to sampling can lead to elevated bacterial counts, especially in bathing areas with stormwater runoff including drain pipes and extensive impervious surfaces, or inland bathing areas, the health district said.

A list of beach locations can be found at llhd.org/beaches, or residents can call Ledge Light at (860) 448-4882.

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