SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - There are now eight water contact advisories for parts of the Mississippi Sound. Tuesday the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued water contact advisories for Long Beach Beach from Oak Gardens Avenue eastward to Girard Avenue and Biloxi West Central Beach from Travia Street to Iberville Drive.
That is in addition to six other water contact advisories in Gulfport, Biloxi, and Pass Christian that remain in effect. Earlier MDEQ issued water warnings 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, Edgewater Beach in Biloxi from DeBuys Road east to Edgewater Avenue, Pass Christian West Beach from Fort Henry Avenue east to Elliot Street, and Pass Christian East Beach from Espy Avenue east to Hayden Avenue.
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. The Beach Task Force has a standing recommendation that you shouldn't swim in local waters during or within 24 hours a significant rainfall.
MDEQ will lift the advisories when water samples show that bacteria levels are safe for human contact again.