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Precautionary swimming advisory in Emerald Isle after Tropical Storm Ophelia

Emerald Isle Bridge. (Photo credit: Town of Emerald Isle)
Emerald Isle Bridge. (Photo credit: Town of Emerald Isle)

Officials in Emerald Isle have issued a swimming advisory after they pumped floodwaters from Tropical Storm Ophelia back into the ocean.

The notice does not imply that there is bacteria in the water, but town leaders say it does identify an increased risk that contamination could occur.

The NC DEQ says storm water can contain pollutants or bacteria that could make people sick, so they issue a public notification about the risk for swimming in areas that are impacted by floodwaters.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to