Beware of the bacteria: beach water advisories in Galveston County

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GALVESTON, Texas - Labor day!  Folks who drove to Galveston to enjoy a sunny morning at the beach… had to wait until noon, because it was pouring.   But the rain brought with it a bigger problem: Galveston County  has issued an advisory, warning visitors of a bacteria affecting the water in several locations along the West end.

"We test for a particular bacteria called enterococcus", explained Scott Packard, public information officer for the Galveston County Health District.  "When the level of enterococcus is elevated we issue an advisory for that particular testing location."

This bacteria is associated with the sewage systems that overflowed in the last few days.

"It's not uncommon at all to have advisories after periods of heavy rains", Packard said.

So, if you're swimming in areas near Pirates Drive, 11 Mile Rd., Pabst Rd., Spanish Grant Blvd. and Hershey Beach, just be aware that you could end up spending more time in the bathroom than you had planned for.

The good news is that the Seawall area is safe, they say, and this advisory will probably be lifted within a few days.  So, if you want to go to Galveston, go to Galveston.  A fun day is more powerful than any bacteria… hopefully.