Two northeast Missouri beaches closed because of E. coli

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 | 9:42 p.m. CDT; updated 9:55 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 9, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Public beaches will be closed at two northeast Missouri state parks this weekend because of high levels of E. coli bacteria.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that water samples showed excessive amounts of E. coli at Mark Twain State Park in Monroe County and at Wakonda State Park in Lewis County.

No other state park beaches tested high for E. coli levels, but the department says bacteria levels often rise after heavy rains, and lake users should use their judgment when swimming at those times.

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