Due to the high volume of rainfall experienced by the U.S. Virgin Islands this week, as well as expected rainfall over the coming weekend, the V.I. Department of Natural Resources (DPNR) anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm-water runoff, high surf zones and possible sewer system overflows.
DPNR advises the public to refrain from using any of the coastal waters throughout the territory until further notification after beach testing resumes next week.
It is also advising parents to instruct their children to keep away from storm water-impacted beaches as well as areas with manholes and storm water flooding. There may be an elevated health risk to anyone swimming in storm water-impacted areas as a result of increased concentrations of bacteria.