Swimming areas closed after storm leads to sewage leaks
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A number of Connecticut beaches and swimming holes have been closed following heavy rain from Tropical Storm Elsa.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and state Department of Public Health advised Saturday against swimming or have recreational contact with water in areas where sewage systems may have been compromised by the rain on Friday.
That includes the Quinnipiac River, and bodies of water near the state’s major cites.
New Haven Health Director Maritza Bond said Lighthouse Beach will be closed until at least Monday while water samples are tested.
“This move is one of an abundance of caution,” Bond said. “The city tests water at our beach twice per week to ensure contaminant levels don’t exceed safety guidelines – as soon as we’re able to confirm the water is safe we will re-open the beach.”
The DEEP and Middletown city officials are also investigating the runoff of oil and creosote into the Connecticut River.
Mayor Ben Florsheim said in a social media post that it appears the chemicals had been accumulating under railroad tracks and the heavy rain sent them into the river.
He said there is no immediate danger to the public, but suggested people avoid the area because of the heavy odor of oil in the air.