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Westport Beaches Closed to Swimmers

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport's town beaches may be open, but because of the major rainfall and flooding seen during Tropical Storm Irene on Sunday, the Westport Weston Health District has closed them to swimming until further notice.

This is done as a precaution against high bacteria levels that are often a result of heavy rains.

"After Hurricane Irene, there have been reported sewage bypasses in area towns which have the potential of negatively impacting Westport's shoreline water quality," a statement from the Health District said. "The Westport Weston Health District will collect beach water samples as soon as feasible to determine when it will be safe to reopen the beaches to swimming."

Sherwood Island State Park remained closed Monday to allow for damage assessment, according to the state Department of Engery and Environmental Protection.

Are you concerned about bacteria levels in the water? How long do you think the waters should be closed to swimming?

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