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Bay Springs Lake beaches closed due to high water

Both of Bay Springs Lake's beaches, Piney Grove and Old Bridge Beach, have been closed after heavy rains raised the water level this weekend. (Susan Parker, WTVA)
Both of Bay Springs Lake's beaches, Piney Grove and Old Bridge Beach, have been closed after heavy rains raised the water level this weekend. (Susan Parker, WTVA)
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Updated: 7/14/2013 4:23 pm
BAY SPRINGS LAKE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Two popular beaches at Bay Springs Lake will be temporarily closed because of high water, according to an official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Park ranger Chad Pearson said recent heavy rainfall in Alabama more than likely contributed to the higher water levels because Bay Springs Lake is connected to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

Because of that, Piney Grove and Old Bridge Beach will be closed until at least mid-week, Pearson said.

"The water's going back down now, but we're not sure when to open it back up," Pearson added.

USACE officials typically close the recreational areas whenever flooding occurs because it raises the deep end of the swimming areas to as much as 9 or 10 feet.

Typically, the depth ends at 6 feet.
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