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Silver Sands State Park beach remains closed, water to be tested

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A red flag warns swimmers of high bacteria levels at Silver Sands State Park beach in Milford. (WFSB photo) A red flag warns swimmers of high bacteria levels at Silver Sands State Park beach in Milford. (WFSB photo)
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

It may be a picture perfect day for the beach, according to the Early Warning Forecast, but there's a chance swimmers won't be able to enjoy some of the state's popular beaches on Thursday.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Silver Sands State Park beach in Milford remained closed on Thursday.

It said the beach's water would be tested against later in the day.

DEEP announced the closure of three state park beaches on Wednesday, including the one at Silver Sands.

Its reason was high levels of indicator bacteria in the water.

Local officials in Stratford also said their Short Beach is closed for similar reasons.

DEEP said it doesn't happen often to beaches along Long Island Sound, but it's the recent rain for the elevated bacteria levels. The heavy rain causes runoff.

Red flags have been posted at the affected areas to alert beach goers. However, some ignored the warning on Wednesday.

DEEP said testing continues at various beaches and bonds.

As soon as results come in, they're posted on WFSB.com.

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