The Department of Environmental Management announces that effective immediately, Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, East Beach State Beach in Charlestown, and the Charlestown Breachway Campground are closed due to public safety concerns. The closures will remain in effect until further notice.
The Department has been advised to close these facilities because the damages caused to buildings and structures at these sites may represent a public safety threat. In addition to structural damages caused by the hurricane, widespread erosion has occurred, access points leading to the facilities have been washed away, and parking lots are full of storm-related debris.
Access to the facilities will be allowed once public safety concerns have been addressed and the areas are deemed safe for public use.
For regularly updated information about the response to Hurricane Sandy, visit www.riema.ri.gov or call 211.