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Algae closes Greenwood Park beach

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LISLE (WBNG) -- The Greenwood Park beach in Lisle has been closed due to an algae bloom, the Broome County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Services announced Wednesday.

Officials told 12 News an outbreak like this is fairly common and it was caused by the combination of recent heat and an increase in rainfall.

Until further notice, the health department wants to make sure the public stays away until the algae are gone. Josh Phelps, the Director of Environmental Health for Broome County explained that coming into contact with the algae can impact one's health.

"If you come in contact with it, [you will experience] skin reactions, so you might have an allergic reaction, a rash, something like that. If you do come in contact with it, get out, take a shower and wash those areas really well. If you ingest it, what you are probably going to see is some sort of GI issues like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Things like that. If there is anything more than that, go to the walk-in ER and contact your physician."

As of Thursday afternoon, the bloom began to clear up. Officials are going to test the water again on Friday morning. If everything comes back clean, then the beach will be allowed to reopen as early as Saturday.

The beaches at Nathaniel Cole Park and Dorchester Park are open.

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