Update: This notice was lifted on September 24, 2021.
OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) – State recreational water quality officials on Wednesday advised beachgoers to be aware of flood water being pumped out to ocean waves on Oak Island. Surfers and swimmers should avoid these sites.
Recent rains have caused flooding in streets, yards and homes in parts of Oak Island and neighboring communities. To minimize flood damage and ensure roads are accessible to emergency vehicles, the city pumped floodwater into the ocean near Crowell Street.
These waters can contain pollutants such as wastes from wildlife and pets, oil and gasoline from parking lots and wastes from septic systems or sewers.
This advice does not imply the presence of pathogenic organisms in the water; it aims to warn swimmers against an increased risk of contamination which could have harmful effects on health.
State recreational water quality officials will place signs at the discharge site along the ocean beach warning the public of the potential health risk.
State officials will remove the signs and notify the public 24 hours after the pumping stops.
Officials with the state’s recreational water quality program sample 213 sites across the coastal region, most on a weekly basis, April through October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule for the rest of the year when the waters are colder.