Scales Lake closed due to E.coli until further notice

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Boonville, Ind. (WEHT) – If you have plans to visit Scales Lake in Boonville, then you may want to reconsider.

The lake is temporarily closed because employees E. coli was detected in the water.

According to the Warrick County Commissioner, this is actually the first time they had to shut down Scales Lake for E.coli.

Eyewitness News spoke with a few campers Wednesday who say they aren’t too happy about the lake closure, especially in this heat.

“We’re just trying to find something to do besides play in the lake because it’s closed, “says kids camp counselor Elizabeth Blackford.

Park officials made the announcement on Facebook that Scales Lake will be closed until further notice. 

“We were a little shocked because we drove there this morning and loaded up the beach toys up in the truck, drove on down and hopped out and it was all barred up and shut down and there was a sign that said it’s out,” says park camper Brian Smith.

According to officials, during this weeks routine check, employees found the E.coli levels slightly higher than beach limits.

“At first they were confused and didn’t really understand.”

Scales Lake employees say the bacteria in the water was most likely caused by contaminated animal feces and heavy rainfall.

If exposed to humans, it could lead to major health problems including bloody diarrhea, kidney failure, or death.

Officials say they had no choice but to close the lake, forcing campers to find alternative ways to cool down.

“You know it is a really hot day. It’s going to be a few hot days in front of us, so to have that taken away is negative for sure,” said Smith.

Smith says he was caught in a tornado and experienced flooding during his camping trip last month.

“Out of all the things that could go wrong on a camping trip, the lakes not a big deal. You know, I figured we’re up here away from the water and all that we have plenty of our own water and stuff up here so I’m not too concerned.”

Still, campers say they hope that it’s reopened soon.

Another sample of the lake water was taken Wednesday, but the results won’t be in until Friday.

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(This story was originally published on July 10, 2019)

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