4 state swimming areas, including Rocky Neck, closed due to bacteria

Rocky Neck State Park (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

NIANTIC, Conn. (WTNH)– For the past three days, News 8 has been telling you about severe weather toppling trees and knocking out power across Connecticut. Now, heavy rain is being blamed for producing dangerously high bacteria levels at some state parks, including Rocky Neck, Gay City, Mashamoquet and Pachug.

“I’m thinking to bring my kids to the beach for swimming,” said Carmen Llamos, of Groton. But those plans have been washed out after the temporary swimming ban. “We are a little bit upset about it. We want to have fun. We want to be there, you know, enjoy the beach.”

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The swimming ban not only put a damper on visitors, it’s also threatening the bottom line of neighboring businesses.

“It is going to hurt,” said Jacqueline Chapman, a worker at nearby Scoop Shop. She’s bracing for a lot of empty ice cream cones, amounting to thousands of dollars in missed revenue.

“We count on the beaches to draw in people,” she said.

State environmental workers will retest the water Monday. If they get the all clear, swimming could reopen as soon as Tuesday.


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