Heavy rains cause wastewater overflows, fouling beaches

The Capital Regional District is warning people to stay out of the water in some areas after heavy rain caused stormwater and wastewater overflows on Sunday night.

The areas affected are:

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• Between Tarn Place in Oak Bay and Seaview Road in Saanich, including Cadboro Bay.

• Between Trafalgar Park and Radcliffe Lane, including McNeill Bay, in Oak Bay.

“As a result of these discharges, residents are advised to avoid entering the waters along the affected shorelines, as the wastewater may pose a health risk,” the CRD said in a statement.

In consultation with Island Health and local municipalities, beaches within the affected areas will be posted with public health advisory signs until sample results indicate enterococci levels are below the 70CFU/100mL recreational limit, the CRD said.

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