The following is an edited press release from the Los Angeles County Health Officer.
Because of current rainfall, the County Health Officer is cautioning residents who are planning to visit Los Angeles County beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers.
Bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to enter ocean waters though these outlets.
"Fortunately, discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers only comprises a small portion of the beach, and therefore anybody who wants to go to the beach will be able to enjoy their outing," said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Public Health Director and Health Officer. "We do advise swimmers and surfers to stay away from the storm drains, creeks and rivers as there is the possibility that bacteria or chemicals from debris and trash may contaminate the water near and around these areas, and some individuals may become ill."
Areas of the beach apart from discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers are exempted from this advisory. This advisory will be in effect until at least Wednesday, March 28, at 1:00 p.m. This advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall.