Elevated Bacteria Levels in Platte, More Tests Needed
By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
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
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