LA County Officials Warn People to Stay Out of Ocean at Storm Drains

Walkinng along Redondo beach coast during sunset

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The current storm hitting Los Angeles County has made ocean swimming near storm drains unsafe, officials warned Saturday.

"Bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to contaminate ocean waters at and around discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers after a rainfall," Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis warned in a Water Quality Rain Advisory. "Individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill."

The advisory was in effect until at least noon Tuesday and could be extended depending on further rainfall.

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