UPDATE: The swimming advisory has been lifted in Oak Island as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday Sept. 24.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Rainfall over the last two days have led to flooding along streets, yards and other areas on Oak Island. As such, state water quality officials have put a precautionary swimming advisory into effect. Beachgoers should avoid areas where floodwaters are being pumped into the ocean surf, specifically near Crowell Street.
The rainwater may contain contaminants, including wildlife or pet waste, oil and gasoline residue washed up from parking lots, or sewer water. The notice isn’t indicative that the water includes disease-causing organisms. The Recreational Water Quality Program samples weekly every April through October at over 200 coastal sites; samples are collected during winter months as well, though less.
The town is pumping the floodwaters so emergency vehicles can get by if necessary. Signs of the discharge will be placed in areas where the public is at risk and will be removed 24 hours after pumping stops. More information can be found on the program’s website.
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