Photo courtesy of the city of Long Beach
Photo courtesy of the city of Long Beach

Los Angeles County public health officials warned residents Tuesday to be careful of swimming in the ocean near storm drains, creeks and river due to bacteria and trash that likely washed into the river from the recent rains.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health noted that swimmers should avoid discharge sites because “bacterium or chemicals from debris and trash could contaminate the water,” and people who go into the water in those areas could fall ill.

Health officials said the rain advisory applies only to ocean areas near discharge sites, but other areas are safe for swimming and surfing.

The advisory will remain in effect until at least 6 p.m. Wednesday, health officials said.

Recorded information on beach conditions in available around the clock at (800) 525-5662, or online at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/beach.

—City News Service

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