E. coli forces closure of Bridgton beach again

FILE - The Maine CDC said norovirus closed Woods Pond Beach in Bridgton and made 97 people sick. (WGME)

BRIDGTON (WGME) -- Officials say Highland Lake Beach in Bridgton has been closed due to E. coli.

This is the second time the same beach has been closed due to the bacteria in two weeks

Officials say testing performed on Thursday indicated an E. coli count above the acceptable limit at Highland Lake Beach.

The beach was closed immediately to swimming.

Highland Lake Beach will remain open for picnicking and the boat launch will also stay open.

Officials say the testing facility is closed on the weekends and tests cannot be sent out until Monday.

Just last month, Woods Pond Beach in Bridgton was closed after norovirus sickened 97 people after they swam there.

A public beach on Pleasant Lake in Otisfield was also closed in July due to E. coli.

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