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Rain Prompts Beach Water Use Advisory In Redondo Beach

Public Health officials in Redondo Beach issued an advisory for all city beaches due to possible increases of bacteria in ocean waters.

“Bacteria levels can increase significantly during and after rainstorms, as contaminants within the runoff enter the ocean,” according to the LA County Department of Public Health. “Elevated bacteria levels in ocean water may cause illness, especially in children and the elderly.”

On Wednesday and after significant rainfall hit Los Angeles County, this warning was issued and it will likely be extended as the county is forecasted to see more showers through the New Year.

It is recommended to avoid contact with ocean water for three days after rainfall to avoid illness, especially near flowing storm drains, creeks, and rivers.

Along the coast, high surf and strong rip currents will impact beaches with waves reaching anywhere from five to 10 feet tall.

Surf will be highest on the west and north-facing beaches and will likely peak Tuesday night into Wednesday afternoon according to NWS. The weather agency urged people to stay off of racks and jetties, stay back from the water and never turn their back to the water.

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 on the LA County Department of Health’s website.


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