Bixler Lake beach reopened after high E. coli test

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KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WANE) Recent heavy rain fall has caused issues for some lakes in the area, and a beach at one lake in Kendallville has been closed after high E. coli test results.

In a Facebook post, the Kendallville Parks and Recreation Department said Bixler Beach reopened the day after it was close due to high E. coli number.

Previously, the Kendallville Parks and Recreation Department said Tuesday it has closed the beach at Bixler Lake after it discovered unusually high E. coli numbers during a regular test of the water.

The parks department posted the following on its Facebook Page:

Bixler Lake Beaches will be closed Tuesday June 25th. E coli tests are done weekly at the lake and results of this weeks test are high due to all the recent rain. We are one of the few lakes in the area who take weekly tests and because Bixler Lake is at the top of the watershed, it is a clean lake and usually has great test results. Because this weeks results were high, beaches will be closed until safe levels are reached.”

Kendallville Parks and Recreation Department via Facebook

Kendallville Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pankop said they don’t have issues often.

“We’ve had good results so far all year long. In fact, this is the first time we’ve failed in a long long time, and it’s probably because of all the rain and the lake went really high for awhile,” Pankop said.

The heavy rain has hit in the midst of lake season, but Pankop says there shouldn’t be issues for Fourth of July plans.

“I’m really hoping to reopen the beaches in the morning and I think by the fourth everything will stabilize and we’ll be fine,” Pankop said.

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