Before you hit the shores of Lake Erie for the July 4th holiday, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health is warning swimmers to check water quality conditions.
Thanks to rainstorms, sewage overflow will likely spill near our beaches. A spokesperson for the Board of Health tells Channel 3 there's a very good chance bacteria levels will be elevated for the next 24 to 48 hours.
The general rule of thumb is to avoid contact with the water for 24 hours after a significant rainfall, regardless of an advisory.
If you're concerned, a sign at every public beach will indicate whether or not there is an advisory is in effect.
For those planning on boating further out on the lake, the bacteria levels will be diluted.