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Heavy Rainfall Leads To Beach Bacteria

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - This week's heavy rain storms caused problems for sewer systems in Western Washington that has led to bacteria problems at the region's beaches.
    
KING-TV reports (http://is.gd/5oIg0G ) storm drains were overrun in Everett, sending potentially contaminated water into the Snohomish River and eventually, the Puget Sound.
    
The city is asking residents to avoid the water over the holiday weekend at a number of beach parks, where signs have been posted.
    
The state Department of Ecology also has issued a beach closure for the water near Mukilteo's Lighthouse Park, but there were no signs posted on the property.
    
The state warns that contact with infected water can cause stomach problems, skins rashes and other illnesses.
    
Water quality problems are also being reported near Bremerton.
    
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