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By Alyssa Erdley
Observer Staff 

If the Rain and the Cold Don't Stop You From Going in the Ocean, Maybe the Bacteria Will

Advisory against going in the Pacific Ocean is in effect until Thursday morning

 

December 16, 2022

Alyssa Erdley

Topanga Beach also has a creek that runs into the ocean, which could include rain-related bacteria and chemical trash

December 12, 2022 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is issuing a rain advisory regarding all Los Angeles County Beaches due to the recent rainfall. Rain allows bacteria, chemicals, debris, and trash to discharge from area storm drains directly into the ocean without any filter. The danger is greatest near storm drain discharges, such as those at the ends of Chautauqua and Pico Boulevard. LADPH's press release warns that "individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill."

Alyssa Erdley

A shorebird cannot read the rain advisory and would not be able to avoid the water even if it could

The rain advisory against swimming, surfing, or playing in ocean water remains in effect for 72 hours after a rainfall ends, which they estimate to be Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 am.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24-hours a day on the County's beach closure hotline: 1-800- 525-5662. Information is also available online at our website: PublicHealth.LACounty.gov/Beach/.

 

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