A string of popular beaches have been CLOSED after a horror week of heavy rains despite sunny temperatures reaching 27 ° C – here’s the full list of shorelines closed near you
- All beaches along NSW’s Central Coast are closed through Tuesday, March 30
- The beaches of Avoca, Terrigal and Shelly close the water quality and debris problems in the neighborhood
- Surf Life Saving NSW has advised beachgoers to wash up after swimming
All the beaches along a popular vacation destination have been forced to shut down water quality issues following the horrific New South Wale weather event.
The Central Coast Council issued a warning on Friday that all beaches and ocean pools would remain closed until Tuesday after six consecutive days of severe flooding.
“Prolonged heavy rainfall increases the risk that our waterways will be affected by pollution from rainwater runoff,” said the Central Coast Council.
The Council warned that the water quality and floating debris found along multiple beaches, including Avoca, Terrigal and Copacabana, “could pose a threat to your health.”
Temperatures in Greater Sydney and the Central Coast will peak at 27 ° C with blue skies and sunshine on Saturdays and 25 ° C on Sundays – making for an ideal autumn beach weekend.
All beaches along NSW’s central coast, including Copacabana (pictured), are closed due to water quality concerns following severe flooding and rainfall
Avoca Beach (pictured) has also been closed following concerns about water quality and floating debris
‘We strongly advise all residents and visitors not to swim or make contact with our waterways, as this can be harmful to health.’
An update will be provided early next week, once further water quality samples and inspections of local beaches are completed.
Surf Life Saving NSW advised beachgoers wash themselves off after swimming as ‘even if the water looks clear it may not be safe’.
“There is a lot of unknown and potentially dangerous debris floating in the ocean and below the surface, as well as pollutants, sewage and chemical runoff that have now made their way to the beaches,” said SLSNSW director of lifesaving Joel Wiseman.
The Central Coast Council warns swimmers not to make contact with ‘our waterways as it can be harmful to health’ (photo: Shelly Beach, which is closed until Tuesday)
Surf Life Saving NSW has advised beachgoers to wash up after swimming because ‘even if the water looks clear it may not be safe’ (photo: Avoca beach which is closed until Tuesday)
“ A lot of beaches are closed this weekend, but if people go for a swim, we recommend that they swim between flags as always and make sure to rinse thoroughly after coming out of the water. ”
SLSNSW advises that the public should take extra care when swimming on beaches located near lagoons, estuaries, or waterway outlets.
All the beaches on the state’s mid and lower north coasts are also likely to remain closed all weekend due to severe flooding in the region.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has warned that stormwater pollution can affect all swimming locations in the state, including Gordon’s Bay and Clovelly Beach in the Eastern Suburbs.
The warnings come after dozens of homes at Stuarts Point on the NSW Mid-North Coast were forced to evacuate Friday night after a septic-tank system spilled sewage into yards (pictured, Kempsey flood)
The Local Emergency Operations Controller confirmed that there was a major health risk to anyone who came into contact with the water because they feared it was full of bacteria (pictured, Kempsey flood)
“As a general precaution, swimming on Sydney’s ocean beaches should be avoided until a day after heavy rainfall or as long as rainwater is present,” the department said.
The warnings come after dozens of homes at Stuarts Point on NSW’s northeast coast were forced to evacuate Friday night after a septic tank system leaked sewage water into yards and streets.
The Local Emergency Operations Controller confirmed that there was a major health risk to anyone who came into contact with the water because they feared it was full of bacteria.
“Vehicles outside the contaminated area can be moved, but occupants must undergo decontamination and evacuation registration before departure,” LEOC said in a statement.
The state and parts of southern Queensland were ravaged by wild rain that started over a week ago, with 400mm seen in a day around Port Macquarie.
Sydney itself had 120mm days, with floods hitting vast areas of the west and northwest.
BEACHES CLOSED IN NSW
– The lakes
– North entrance
– The entrance
– Toowoon Bay
– Shelly Beach
– North Avoca
– Ocean Beach