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Hannam Park beach still closed

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Hannam Park Beach in Rainy River is still off limits to swimmers after being declared unsafe due to high levels of bacteria last Thursday by the Northwestern Health Unit.

“We sampled Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and we’ve only heard back about Tuesday’s. It’s still bad,” public health inspector Dave Coats said Friday morning.

“We hope to get the next sample back sometime today, and we’ll keep on testing next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday,” he added.

But since the health unit has to receive two consecutive “clear” samples before declaring the beach safe to swimmers once again, Coats noted it couldn’t possibly be re-opened until at least the middle of next week.

As previously reported, Coats speculated the high bacteria level was the result of the water levels. “It’s really high--higher than last week. The water’s actually flooding the beach,” he remarked.

The health unit also has been sampling at Pither’s Point beach here and the water is “safe” so far.

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