Lake advisories were lifted Wednesday for two Orange County lakes that were closed due to bacterial contamination following Hurricane Irma.

Lake Jessamine and Bay Lake have reopened for public use. Lake Pearl and Lake Conway are still closed in Orange County.

Winter Park’s 14 lakes remain closed and are unsafe for boating, swimming and recreational activities, according to a warning posted by the city. The lakes were closed due to elevated bacteria counts, downed power lines and high water levels.

The lakes include: Virginia, Maitland, Mizell, Osceola, Killarney, Beary, Spier, Sue, Sylvan, Chelton, Wilbar, Bell, Midget and Knowles.

A lake alert also remains in effect for Orlando’s 100 lakes. Due to the storm, there is a high potential for water contamination, sewer overflows, active wildlife, and other safety concerns, according to the city’s website.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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