- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - High bacterial levels have led the state Department of Environmental Quality to close five Coast beaches.

MDEQ tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1k2cOTj ) the high levels “are likely the result of recent heavy rain and flooding in the area causing overflows” and advises people not to enter the water or eat seafood caught in the areas.

Closed areas are in Pass Christian from Fort Henry to Elliot Avenue and from Espy Avenue east to Hayden Avenue, and in Gulfport from 20th Avenue to Thornton Avenue, Alfonso Drive to Arkansas Avenue and Courthouse Road to Tegarden Road.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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