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Swimmers Warned To Steer Clear Of Some Beaches That May Have Bacteria

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Beachgoers are being told to stay out of the water at some L.A. County beaches this week as recent rainfall may have delivered bacteria-laden runoff into the water.L.A. County health officials have issued a rain advisory for all county beaches, warning swimmers to avoid swimming near where rivers and storm drains discharge into the water, reports the L.A. Times. The advisory is in effect until 7 a.m. this Friday. Beaches not near discharging drains and creeks are exempt, though.

"There is a possibility bacterium or chemicals from debris and trash could contaminate the water near and around discharge sites, and individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill," according to a release from the Department of Public Health.

While the brief period of rainfall on Monday may not have affected some parts of the county, other areas were hit with heavy rain—increasing runoff and flooding some roads. According to the National Weather Service, the rainfall broke at least two daily rainfall records.

So much for the drought making our beaches cleaner. But beach trips should be good this weekend when you need to cool down from our upcoming heat wave.

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Information on beach conditions and which beaches are affected by the advisory can be found on the L.A. County Department Of Public Health website or by calling (800) 525-5662.