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|For Immediate Release:
December 29, 2012
|For more information
Public Health Communications
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|Rain Advisory: |
Advisory for all Los Angeles County beaches in effect until Tuesday, January 1, at 7:00 a.m.
|LOS ANGELES - 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
Tuesday, January 1, at 7:00 a.m. This advisory may be extended depending on
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: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/beach/.
The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the
health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a
variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees
environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public
Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $750
million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do please visit
http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov, visit our YouTube channel at
http://www.youtube.com/lapublichealth, find us on Facebook at
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|Related Information Site(s): Information on Beach Conditions ||