Tar balls on a beach. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region
Tar balls on a beach. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

A beach bacteria warning for the Los Angeles County coastline will remain in effect through Christmas Day as stormwater runoff could make swimmers sick near storm drains, creeks and rivers flowing into the ocean.

A county Department of Public Health’s rain advisory, which had been set to expire Tuesday, will remain in effect until at least 6 p.m. Christmas Day.

“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.

— Wire reports 

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