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MDEQ closes all beaches on Mississippi Gulf Coast

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a closure Monday for all of the beaches across the Mississippi Gulf Coast as they work to clean up after Hurricane Nate.

The MDEQ said that the beaches are closed to access as a public health precaution until the hurricane debris is removed and until water sampling and analysis can resume.

“The water quality contact closures will remain in place until two consecutive samples indicate bacteria levels no longer pose a risk to human health,” said a statement from the MDEQ.

The MDEQ said that sand beach areas may open for public use at the discretion of local city and county officials, however, they said that water access would remain restricted until MDEQ reopens waters for recreation.

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