Westport beaches open for swimming first time post-Irene
Updated 2:23 pm, Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Westport's beaches have re-opened for swimming Wednesday for the first time since Tropical Storm Irene hit the town over the weekend.
Because of the significant runoff from the storm, and the potential for bacteria to build up in public swimming areas, the Westport Weston Health District had banned swimming at the beaches as a precaution.
Swimming at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport continues to be banned in Irene's aftermath. The entire park is among many closed by state officials while an assessment of storm damages takes place.
Burying Hill Beach will have no lifeguards on duty weekdays and will only be staffed on this Labor Day weekend.
Compo Beach will continue to have lifeguards for the rest of this week through the Labor Day weekend. The lifeguard staff, however, may be reduced based on availability.