E. coli found in lake swimming area

YELL COUNTY (KATV) - A swimming area in Spring Lake in Yell County is temporarily closed as we head into this Memorial Day weekend, due to public health and safety concerns. Weekly water testing found high concentrations of the bacteria E. coli, which is usually caused by recent heavy rainfall that can carry a variety of contaminants into the water, including animal waste. Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials are testing the water daily and will reopen the swim area once tests show E. coli levels have dropped to a safe level.