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E-coli levels close Lake of the Ozarks beaches

KAISER, Mo. (AP) - High concentrations of E-coli have prompted officials to close two public beaches at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says it will reopen the beaches when tests show the water is safe for swimming. The closed beaches are located in the Lake of the Ozarks State Park near U.S. 54.

Officials are blaming the high e-coli levels on water run-off from recent storms and a large flock of geese.

The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance executive director Donna Swall says the announcement doesn't worry many lake residents.

She says, "It's just a natural process that any body of water goes through when it's flooded."

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