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Swimming Advisory Lifted

Beachgoers enjoy the cool waters of the gulf in Orange Beach

Everyone in the water! Time to beat the heat by cooling off in the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Yellow Flags are coming our way and the waters are clear for swimming!

Effective today, July 30, 2010, the Alabama Department of Public Health has lifted the swimming advisory for the gulf water off Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan based on improvements in water conditions.

According to Dr. Donald Williamson, state health officer, with the improving beach situation, the department feels that they can lift the swimming advisories. However, he said “we recognize that even in the absence of visible oil, oil products may still be present in the sand or in the water. The department will replace red swimming advisory signs with yellow signs that outline several precautions for beachgoers.”

The precautionary signs will recommend the following:

  • Do not handle tar balls.
  • Avoid contact with the oil.
  • If you get oil or tar balls on your skin, wash with soap and water.
  • If you get oil on your clothing, launder as usual.
  • Do not use harsh detergents, solvents or other chemicals to wash oil from skin or
  • clothing; they may promote absorption of the oil through the skin.
  • If the odor causes nausea, vomiting, headache or breathing problems, leave the affected
  • area.

The department has been and will continue to monitor the situation and will update the notices as needed. For more information contact the Alabama Department of Public Health at 1-866-264-4073. To report oiled wildlife, call 1-866-557-1401. To report odor, call 1-800-424-8802. Updated information is available at www.adph.org/

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