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Missouri Park Closures Don't Stop Swimmers from Cooling Off

Posted: Jun 20, 2013 4:19 PM by Brynne Whittaker
Updated: Jun 20, 2013 6:47 PM

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OSAGE BEACH - With five Missouri park swimming beaches closed because of high bacteria levels, swimmers still are hitting the beaches.

Swimmer Ami Keeth visited Beach One at the Lake of the Ozarks today for a few hours. She said she thought she would not get sick from the high levels of bacteria in the area.

"As long as you don't have open sores or don't get the water in your mouth, it should be okay," Keeth said.

The Department of Natural Resources closed Harry S. Truman State Park Beach, Grand Glaize Beach at the Lake of the Ozarks, the Pittsburg Beach at Pomme de Terre, St. Joe's State Park Beach in Park Hills and Wakonda Beach in northeastern Missouri. All five beaches' test results had high levels of bacteria and were deemed unsafe for swimming.

The Department of Natural Resources closed a sixth beach in Mark Twain State Park because of flooding. Although Grand Glaize beach in Lake of the Ozarks is closed, Public Beach One at the Lake of the Ozarks remains open.

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