HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - According to a spokesperson at the Arkansas Department of Health, Sandy Beach at Heber Springs is reopen after initially saying that it was not reopen Saturday morning.
Mayor Jackie McPherson made an announcement Friday that the beach will reopen just in time for Father's Day weekend, but Ed Barham with the Arkansas Department of Health said Saturday morning that the beach was not reopen. After speaking with the Director of the Department of Health they have confirmed that they gave the Mayor approval to reopen the beach on Friday.
The beach was shut down earlier in the week after testing revealed unsafe levels of E.Coli. This came after storms brought high water to the area. Geese and other wildlife also can contribute to high levels.
Test results that came back on Thursday revealed that there were high levels of E.Coli in the water and that it was unsafe for swimming. Results from samples that were taken on Friday won't be back until next week.