These Louisiana Beaches Currently Have Swim Advisories Posted
Louisiana residents who want to hit the beach this Father's Day weekend will need to do so with caution. The beaches to the east, namely Lower Alabama and Florida have dangerous current risks. The beaches to the west, Galveston, and the Upper Texas Coast also have red flags flying too.
So, maybe a trip to a Louisiana beach might be better?
As of now, Louisiana beaches are not posting dangerous current flags but there are warnings for several very popular seaside locations along Louisiana's coast for a very different reason. That reason is the high concentrations of bacteria in the water.
The Louisiana Department of Health monitors those bacteria levels throughout the summer months and as of today eight of the twenty-three sites monitored by LDH have advisories posted. It should be noted that sampling at four sites in Grand Isle is not being taken because of damages sustained by Hurricane Ida. Also, there is no sampling noted at Lake Charles South Beach as that beach has been closed for recreational use by authorities in Calcasieu Parish.
Which Louisiana Beach Currently Have Advisories Posted?
Among the beaches where swim advisories have been posted are Cypremort Point State Park in St Mary Parish and Elmer's Island in Jefferson Parish. Further to the west Holly Beach Site #2 and Site #6 in Cameron Parish have advisories as do Little Florida Beach, Long Beach, Martin Beach, and Rutherford Beach.
If you'd like to see where those beaches are on a map, click here.
At beaches where advisories are posted swimming is discouraged because exposure to the bacteria in the water could lead to gastrointestinal issues, respiratory issues, or even issues that affect the skin, ears, eyes, and sinuses. In some extreme cases, the bacteria can enter open wounds and cause life-threatening health issues, especially for those who are immunocompromised.
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