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Cherokee Village, AR - by Randy Myers, News Assignment Manager

Health Department Closes Swimming Beach at Cherokee Village

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR - The Gitchee-gumee swimming beach on Lake Sequoya at Cherokee Village has been temporarily closed by the state Health Department.

DHHS spokesman Ed Barham told K8 News this afternoon that the beach recently tested positive for "coliform bacteria."  Barham said the bacteria can be caused by many things, including run-off from heavy rains.  According to Barham, the state's threshold for bacteria count is 127, and Gitchee-gumee Beach tested at 141. 

Barham says the beach is being tested daily, and will re-open after two consecutive negative tests.

Barham stressed that only the one beach on Lake Sequoya is closed, and that the rest of the lake is open to normal activities.  He said nearby Cherokee Lake and Thunderbird Lakes are not affected.

 

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