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East Hampton lake closed for unsafe levels of algae

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A popular lake in East Hampton is closed to swimmers on Labor Day weekend because of unsafe levels of algae. 

Lake Pocotopaug was tested for the algae, but the results were inconclusive, which caused officials to close the lake to residents. 

On Aug. 29, signs were up at the lake warning anyone to swim at their own risk. On Saturday, that warning transitioned to a complete closure. 

"It's disappointing. Normally this place is pretty hopping so you know. What are you doing to do," said Mark Steiner, an East Hampton resident. 

East Hampton town officials made the decision to close Lake Pocotopaug after it was tested for unsafe levels of blue-green algae. The town manger said it's a problem that happens every summer and algae blooms at this time of the year only continue to get worse. 

"If it's something with algae, yeah you don't want any problems with that. I know you get water in your nose or ears and you could have problems," said Michael Zanzel, an East Hampton resident. 

Most people are just trying to enjoy this holiday weekend and the unofficial end to summer and they're glad the lake is closed because they would rather be safe.

"It's best at this time and do other things; barbeque, get the guitars out, lets have some fun," said Steiner.

Lake Pocotopaug will be closed throughout Labor Day weekend. The next testing for the algae will take place Tuesday.

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