PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — In addition to reopening three of eight beaches closed due to high bacteria counts, the R.I. Department of Health has closed five more beaches to swimming.
The department closed eight beaches Wednesday after two days of heavy rain led to a spike in the bacteria levels in the water.
Three of those beaches—Scarborough Beach (South), Easton’s Beach and Barrington Town Beach—were allowed to reopen Thursday.
The five remaining beaches—North Kingstown Town Beach, Saunderstown Yacht Club, Camp Grosvenor, Bonnet Shores and Gooseberry Beach—all remain closed.
The health department also ordered five additional beaches to close, including Fort Adams Beach, Third Beach, Peabody’s Beach, Sandy Point Beach and Dunes Park Beach.