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City closes lake after kids get sick


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Spring Lake is now open to swimmers, but Seminole Lake is closed, according to a news release from the town.

The most serious problem reported was an infant who became sick after being in Spring Lake, interim City Manager Paul Sabiston said Friday morning. The infant suffered from vomiting and diarrhea and was hospitalized with gastrointestinal problems.

Sabiston said several other children who swam in Spring Lake reported rashes, but nothing more serious than that.

City officials closed the lake after hearing of the health problems Wednesday. Signs and yellow tape were posted to warn people the lake is closed.

“It is a popular swimming area,” Sabiston said. He said the water in all five of the city-operated lakes is tested annually. Spring Lake last had a test in May.

“It passed easily,” he said.

As a precaution, the city retested the water in those lakes. Results were received Friday afternoon.

“It appears that as a result of drought conditions and low lake levels, certain unacceptable materials are unable to be diluted,” the news release says.

The city planned to continue to monitor water quality, the release says.

Julian March: 343-2099

On Twitter: @julian_march

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