Dockweiler State Beach. Photo via LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors
Dockweiler State Beach. Photo via LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors

A warning remained in place Monday for people heading to Los Angeles County beaches, with health officials warning that bacteria from the weekend rain could make swimmers sick near storm drains, creeks and rivers flowing into the ocean.

The county Department of Public Health issued a rain advisory that will remain in effect until at least 6 p.m. Tuesday as a result of the weekend precipitation. The advisory could be extended, however, with more rain in the forecast this week.

“Bacteria, debris, trash and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to enter ocean waters through these outlets,” Interim County Health Officer Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser said. “There is the possibility that bacterium or chemicals from debris and trash could contaminate the water near and around discharge sites, and individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill.”

Health officials warned anyone venturing into the water to avoid swimming or surfing near discharging storm drains, rivers and creeks that are likely carrying bacteria and debris to the ocean.

—City News Service

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