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Heavy rains cause beach closings, advisories

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 4:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013 11:47 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Because of elevated bacteria levels from recent heavy rains, the McHenry County Department of Health reports several beaches are either closed or placed on advisory.

Closed beaches include:

• Wooded Shores, 3221 E. Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake;

• Shore Hills Beach, 3450 E. Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake;

• Deep Spring Woods 1, 3701 E. Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake;

• Deep Spring Woods 2, 3925-3927 E. Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake;

• Wonder Center, 4100 E. Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake;

• Indian Ridge 1 South, 4601 NE. Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake;

• Indian Ridge 2 North, 4519-4603 NW. Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake;

• Wonder Woods 1, 5622 Woodlane, Wonder Lake;

• Wonder Woods 2, 5606 Woodlane, Wonder Lake;

• Wonder Woods 45200 Wonder Woods Drive, Wonder Lake;

• Sunrise Ridge, 3800 W. Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake;

• Highland Shores, 3500 W. Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake;

• Lookout Point, 5206 E. Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake; • Hilltop Beach, Woods Creek Lake, Lake in the Hills;

• Indian Trails Beach, Woods Creek Lake, Lake in the Hills;

• WillOaks Campground Beach, 14304 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock.

Beaches on advisory are:

• Veterans Park, 332 W. State Road, Island Lake;

• Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake;

• LeVilla Vaupell 1, 1115 NE. Shore Drive, Griswold Lake

Beaches will be resampled with results posted on the health department's website.  Residents are encouraged to check with beach operators and the health department's website for the latest information.

The potential for high bacteria (E. coli) counts increases with periods of high precipitation. The health department recommends refraining from swimming at least two to three days after a heavy rainfall event because of the increase risk of swimming associated illnesses (gastrointestinal illness and ear nose and throat infections).

For information, contact the health department's Environmental Health Division at 815-334-4585. 

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