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Feb 6, 2016 1:32 PM

High School students do Penguin Plunge in Hampton but NH officials will monitor beach after sewer problem

The Associated Press and staff reports

HAMPTON — New Hampshire officials are continuing to monitor Hampton Beach and a nearby salt marsh for bacteria after a sewer main failure earlier in the week.

But the annual Penguin Plunge fundraiser went off as planned after testing on Thursday and Friday found bacteria levels were "well within the normal range for coastal beaches."

Town officials say they are working with members of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to test various locations throughout the watershed. They say they are also seeking emergency permits to excavate and determine the reason the sewer main failed.

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