Beachgoers Urged to Continue Avoiding Water Near Storm Drains

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A beach water use advisory cautioning people to avoid swimming, surfing and playing in ocean water around discharging storm drains, as well as creeks and rivers, remains in effect today in Los Angeles County.

The advisory, which is in effect through Sunday at 7:30 a.m., was issued as a result of the storm that moved into the Southland on Christmas night.

``Bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to contaminate ocean waters at and around these outlets after a rainfall. Individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill,'' according to a county Department of Public Health statement. ``Discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers only comprise a small portion of the beach; therefore, anybody who wants to go to other areas at the beach can still enjoy their beach outing.''

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24 hours a day on the county's beach closure hotline, 800-525-5662, and online at

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