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Several swimming areas closed on what's expected to be a great weekend

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Silver Sands State Park is among those with an off limits swimming area, according to DEEP. (WFSB) Silver Sands State Park is among those with an off limits swimming area, according to DEEP. (WFSB)
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It was a perfect weather today, but not a great beach day at a number of popular state swimming areas.

The number of impacted beaches closed due to high levels of bacteria and algae is now up to seven.

That includes three busy beaches along the shoreline.

It was a tale of two beaches in Milford.

Right next door at Milford's Walnut Beach, a city-owned beach, plenty of people were splashing around.

But if anyone tried to take the boardwalk to Silver Sands State Park, they would see that water was off limits for the second day in a row.

Red flags give warning, while signs posted up and down Silver Sands State Park let swimmers looking to take a dip know they’re out of luck.

“I did notice nobody was in the water and I thought maybe it wasn’t as hot as it usually is where people are dying,” Jodie Timm, of Bethlehem, said.

It wasn’t the lower temperatures, but rather the elevated levels of bacteria.

Late yesterday afternoon, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection closed the swimming areas at Silver Sands, Hammonassett in Madison and the East End of Rocky Neck after getting back the test results.

So for Jodie Timm, she’s just staying on the sand.

“Don’t go in the water. Don’t touch the water,” Timm said.

According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, it doesn’t happen to beaches often along Long Island Sound, but it does occur from time to time.

The recent rain can cause heavy runoff which in turn causes the increase of bacteria in the water.

And while the water was off limits at Silver Sands, just a short stretch away at Milford’s Walnut Beach there were plenty who were having a great time in the water.

“It’s beautiful. It’s just good scenery. It has a nice, quiet, calm vibe to the beach,” Jessica Alvarado, of Bridgeport, said.

Though some like Jessica Alvarado became a little concerned when learning about the nearby closure.

“It’s all one body of water so eventually, to me, it might be over here. I don’t know, I’m not a scientist,” Alvarado said.

But Milford’s health director told Eyewitness News the city samples it’s beaches every week. And this week, all of it’s levels came up clear.

She said results could be based on where the samples were taken, rainfall, and the direction of the current.

“I think it’s better to be safe than sorry, because I didn’t know the other beach was closed. I might have made a different decision today actually,” Alvarado said.

As for Silver Sands, the state tested the water here today.

We’re told they will have the results back by tomorrow at noon, so with great weekend weather on tap, a lot of folks will be keeping their fingers crossed.

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