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DEEP closes 3 swimming areas

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MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The swimming areas at three state parks were off limits to swimmers on Wednesday.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said there's no swimming at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Day Pond State Park in Colchester and Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford.

DEEP said the areas were closed because of the presence of certain indicator bacteria after the recent rain. Eyewitness News was told its not as frequent as with lakes and ponds, but it does happen.

The bacteria is not pathogen-causing, but is one of the tools used by public health and environmental protection authorities to evaluate the potential for contamination in water bodies, according to DEEP.

Some people ignored the warnings at Silver Sands on Wednesday and went swimming. 

The state stressed there's no indication Wednesday's closure at Silver Sands is anything more than a run off issue. That follows West Haven having to close its beaches for a couple days last week after reports of black algae and possible sewage in the water. Those beaches have since re-opened.

"Beautiful weather and when we pulled in, it said no swimming," Lucille Contacessi, of Shelton, said. "So, yeah I was pretty bummed because I like to go in get a little splash, cool off."

Right next to Milford, there was a similar issue in neighboring Stratford, where Short Beach was closed for an elevated bacteria count. Alyssa McDonald, who was visiting her father from New Hampshire, said she was bummed to learn the this stretch of the sound was off limits.

"I really wanted to swim, I love the ocean," McDonald said. "I come from New Hampshire and the lakes are awesome, but I love the ocean."

The beaches will have their water sampled and re-tested to determine whether or not they'll be back open on Thursday. 

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