MDEQ: Six areas of the Mississippi Sound not safe for swimming

MDEQ: Six areas of the Mississippi Sound not safe for swimming

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - There are now six sections of the Mississippi Sound that you should avoid swimming in because contact with the water could make you sick. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued four water contact advisories Wednesday on top of two others that were already in place.

The new water contact advisories are for Gulfport West Beach from Marie Avenue to Camp Avenue, Gulfport Central Beach from Alfonso Drive to Arkansas Avenue, East Courthouse Road Beach from Courthouse Road to Tegarden Road, and Pass Christian West Beach from Fort Henry Avenue east to Elliot Street.

Two water contact advisories in Hancock County remain in effect. They are for Lakeshore Beach from the Silver Slipper Casino eastward to Poinset, and Buccaneer State Park Beach from 100 yards west of the sign eastward to 100 yards east of the sign.

MDEQ warns if you swim in these parts of the Mississippi sound, the current high bacteria levels mean you have a higher chance of getting sick.

MDEQ will lift the advisories when water samples show that levels are safe for human contact again.

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