A health advisory is in effect through 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23 for visitors to all Los Angeles County beaches due to recent rainstorms that have hit the region.

Swimmers, surfers and other beach visitors are cautioned while in ocean waters and around discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers. County public health officials note that 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, 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 other than discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers are exempted from this advisory.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24 hours a day on the county’s beach closure hotline: (800) 525-5662, or online at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/beach.

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