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Los Angeles county beaches are under advisory after the rainfall starting Nov. 27, 2019

The Los Angeles County Public Health department issued beach water use advisories on Wednesday, Nov. 27, as rainfall hit the region.

The advisory at Los Angeles County beaches will remain in effect until 9:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the advisory. The Orange County warning states that elevated bacteria levels could continue for a period of at least three days, depending on the intensity of the rain and volume of runoff.

Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis is cautioning residents who are planning to visit Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers.

“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,” the announcement states. “Individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill.”

Areas of the beach apart from discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers are exempt from the advisory. The advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall.

“Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions,” it reads.

For information on beach conditions, call L.A. County’s beach closure hotline, 800-525-5662

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