CHIPPEWA LAKE, OH– Residents on the lake might have a tougher time cooling off in these soaring temps; beaches there are temporarily shut down.
Officials decided to close them after last week’s storm. They didn’t want people swimming near debris, or worse, in contaminated water.
“Some of the people that were trying to save their docks and boats had to go into that water and they were told to come home and take showers immediately. So it was really, really bad,” said Pam Williams who lives nearby.
The worry over possible contamination surfaced when they realized the lake had overflowed and flooded the sewer system.
The County Sanitary Engineer said he’s not sure how much sewage made its way into the water. He said if any did, it likely diluted by now.
Mayor John Dean of Gloria Glens Park said he plans to get the water tested.
He said that can’t happen until the water levels drop though, which could take a while. He doesn’t predict they’ll find anything harmful. He said once they get cleared, the beaches will reopen.
Residents in the area seem to be okay with the closures. They all agree it’s better to be safe than sorry.
“If you see a lot of water going into the lake, and sewage goes into the drain system or water, common sense tells you to stay out of it,” said Joe Edgar.