Because of current rainfall, county public health officials are cautioning residents who are planning to visit local beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers.

Bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to enter ocean waters though these outlets.

“Fortunately, discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers only comprises a small portion of the beach, and therefore, anybody who wants to go to the beach will be able to enjoy their outing,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, the county’s health officer. “We do advise swimmers and surfers to stay away from the storm drains, creeks and rivers as there is the possibility that bacteria or chemicals from debris and trash may contaminate the water near and around these areas, and some individuals may become ill.”

Areas of the beach apart from discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers are exempted from this advisory. This advisory will be in effect until at least Friday, Dec.19 at 7 a.m. This advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24 hours a day on the county’s beach closure hotline: (800) 525-5662. Information is also available online at our Web site: www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/beach/.

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