NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford Health Department has announced the city’s beaches have closed to swimming today, Thursday, August 29, as a precautionary measure due to anticipated elevated bacteria levels after heavy overnight rainfall.

The Health Department has closed all of the city’s beaches sections to swimming to protect public health, after yesterday’s heavy rainfall.

The water at all New Bedford beaches will be tested daily until acceptable water quality levels are obtained and swimming can resume at all sections. Further updates regarding openings and closures will be made as water quality results are received.

—City of New Bedford