OAK ISLAND, N.C. (WECT) – The precautionary swimming advisory issued for parts of Oak Island July 16 has been lifted because floodwaters have rescinded, and pumping has ceased.
Previously, state recreational water quality officials advised beachgoers to be aware of the floodwaters being pumped to the ocean surf in Oak Island.
Recent rains caused flooding of streets, yards, and housing in parts of Oak Island and nearby communities. To minimize the flooding damage and to ensure roads are accessible for emergency vehicles, the town has pumped floodwater into the ocean near Crowell Street.
These waters can contain pollutants such as waste from wildlife and pets, oil and gasoline from parking lots and waste from septic systems or sewers.
Surfers and swimmers were advised to avoid the area.
— NC Rec Water Quality (@NCRecPrgm) July 16, 2021
This notice does not imply that disease-causing organisms are present in the water; it is meant to caution beachgoers of an increased risk of contamination that can cause adverse health effects.
State recreational water quality officials placed signs at the discharge site along the ocean beach to warn the public of the possible health risk.
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