County health officials asked residents Tuesday to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers until at least 10 a.m. Thursday.

The beach advisory was extended by Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis, who said these places will likely be contaminated by run-off containing bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash and other perils after several days of rain.

“Individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill,” a County of Los Angeles Public Health spokesperson said.

The advisory is issued when ocean bacteria levels exceed California standards. Other areas of the beach are exempt from this advisory.

Bacteria levels may take 72 hours or more to return to normal after heavy rainfall, experts say.

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