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Elevated Bacteria Levels in Platte, More Tests Needed

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Authorities say more tests will be needed in order to determine how long water from the swollen Platte River will pose a health risk.

The Platte has been filled with Colorado floodwater that contained debris, chemicals and raw sewage.

Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality said tests showed elevated bacteria levels in the Platte River near the towns of Brady, Cozad and Overton. The levels were 10 to 15 times the amount that poses a higher risk of causing an illness.

More tests must be completed before state officials can determine how long the health risk will continue.

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