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Lake Como Temporarily Closed Due to Bacteria

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SMYRNA, Del. (WBOC) - Kent County's only freshwater designated swimming area is temporarily closed. The town of Smyrna closed Lake Como Tuesday.

The state continuously monitors water quality in the lake. And earlier this week that monitoring determined bacteria levels were too high for people to swim in the water.

Debbie Farren came from Middletown to Lake Como Wednesday hoping to have a party.

"We were doing a birthday party for my daughter and invited friends to come down to Lake Como," she said. "We found out it was closed when we got here."

Throughout the day lots of people showed up at the lake only to find it closed.

"I was just going to come here to the lake and take a quick dip before I go to do my hours at work," said Rodney Dickerson, also of Middletown. "I really feel disappointed. This is where I come to swim in."

Smyrna town manager David Hugg says the weather likely lead to DNREC advising closure.

"Delaware's lakes and ponds are susceptible to bacteria outbreaks when we have hot weather followed by heavy rain," Hugg said.

Hugg says this is not a continuing problem doesn't mean anything about the overall health of the lake just something that happens sometimes.

"This is the first time this year. I don't recall it being closed at all last year."

When you come into the park, you see the gate is closed. You see an obvious "no swimming" sign. What you don't see is a sign explaining why. Hugg says it's something the town could consider for the future - putting up an additional sign explaining about the bacteria problem.

Hugg expects the lake to reopen by the end of the week. In the meantime Farren says they'll have to find somewhere else to celebrate her daughter's birthday.

"We'll probably end up going to the YMCA pool," she said. "It's super crowded, but it's fun there, too."

Smyrna will update its town website when the lake is ready to re-open. Click here to check the current status.

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