UPDATE: The beach has reopened after samples taken Thursday at 11am came back within the acceptable levels.

ORIGINAL STORY: Elevated levels of E. Coli have prompted officials to close the beach at Howell City Park.

Howell DPS Director Erv Suida tells WHMI the beach was closed at approximately 3pm Thursday due to E. coli bacteria levels exceeding what is considered safe for recreational use. He says the Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority responded quickly upon receiving the results and additional testing was being conducted. The Livingston County Health Department has also been notified.

Both the beach and Thompson Lake will remain closed until results come back within acceptable levels. (JM)