Storm, runoff lead to high bacteria counts, shutdown of 4 Warwick beaches on Greenwich Bay



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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The Department of Health is recommending that four Warwick beaches on Greenwich Bay be closed to swimming due to high bacteria counts following strong storms earlier this week.

City Park Beach, Conimicut Point Beach, Goddard Memorial State Park Beach and Oakland Beach were cited.

Sean McCormick, beach program assistant at the Department of Health, said Thursday that sparse but high-intensity storms swept through the area Tuesday leading to an increase in storm water.

Officials will monitor water quality and recommend reopening the beaches when the areas are safe for swimming.

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