OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) -- State regulators want beach visitors to be aware of flood water that will be pumped to the ocean surf at two locations in Oak Island. Surfers and swimmers should avoid these sites.
Recent heavy rains caused flooding of streets, yards and homes in some parts of Oak Island. Pumping is taking place along East Beach Drive between SE 74th Street and SE 79th Street. To minimize the flooding damage and to ensure roads are accessible for emergency vehicles, the town has begun pumping floodwater into the ocean. This water can contain pollutants, including animal waste, oil and gasoline from parking lots and waste from septic systems or sewers.
Signs will be placed at the discharge area to warn the public of the possible health risk. This notice does not imply disease-causing organisms are present in the water but does identify an increased chance that contamination and adverse health effects could occur.
State officials will remove the signs and notify the public 24 hours after the pumping stops.