People who flocked to several New York City beaches on Sunday to take a dip in the water were in for a surprise as city officials urged swimmers to stay out because of concerns about a sewage overflow.
The New York City Parks Department posted signs prohibiting people from swimming at Coney Island, nearby Manhattan Beach, Kiddie/Geritsen Beach, Kingsborough/Seagate Beach in Brooklyn, and Douglaston Manor Beach in Queens.
The boardwalk at Coney Island is open and sunbathers are allowed on the sand at most of the affected beaches.
According to the city Department of Environmental Protection, the water at the beaches may be contaminated by raw sewage from a sewage treatment plant that overflowed on Saturday night.
DEP officials said all of the beaches are slated to fully reopen by Tuesday.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times