Swimmers and Surfers Urged to Avoid Water Near Storm Drains

los angeles warns swimmers to stay away from water after storm

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Today's rain was heavy enough that the Los Angeles County Health Officer was urging swimmers and surfers to steer clear of water near storm drains for a few days, which are flushed out by rain and can contain hazards that can make them ill.

“Avoid swimming, surfing and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers,” Dr. Muntu Davis said. “Bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to contaminate ocean waters in and around these outlets after a rainfall.”

The beach water use advisory was in effect until at least 3 a.m. Wednesday.

For updated beach conditions, call the county's 24-hour hotline at 1 (800) 525-5662 or visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/beach/.

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