HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Seven swimming areas in Connecticut state parks are being closed due to high bacteria levels.

Officials at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced the closings Wednesday after water samples that were tested showed elevated levels of bacteria due to recent heavy rainfalls.

Three swimming areas in Killingworth, Niantic and Wallingford remain closed after being shut Tuesday. Swimming areas also are closed in Hebron, Griswold, Pomfret and Watertown.

Environmental officials say the swimming spots will be closed until tests improve. New samples are being taken Wednesday and Thursday.

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