Beach water use advisories cautioning people to avoid swimming, surfing and playing in ocean water around discharging storm drains, as well as creeks and rivers, remains in effect Friday in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
The Los Angeles County advisory, which is in effect through Sunday at 7:30 a.m., was issued as a result of the powerful storm that moved into the Southland on Christmas night.
“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. Individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill,” according to a county Department of Public Health statement. “Discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers only comprise a small portion of the beach; therefore, anybody who wants to go to other areas at the beach can still enjoy their beach outing.”
Orange County’s advisory was extended Friday morning until at least Monday, when another storm is expected to move into the Southland.
Recorded information on Los Angeles County beach conditions is available 24 hours a day at 800-525-5662, and online at PublicHealth.LACounty.gov/Beach/.