Venice Beach Could be Contaminated

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A rain advisory has been declared for all Los Angeles County Beaches, including Venice Beach. The advisory will be in effect at least until 7:00am this Friday September 18th.

Yesterday’s significant rainfall  may have caused bacteria levels in ocean waters to increase. Bacteria levels can increase significantly during and after rainstorms, as contaminants within the runoff enters the ocean.

Bacteria levels may remain elevated up to 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of runoff. Elevated bacteria levels in ocean water may cause illness, especially in children and the elderly.

The Department of Public Health recommends that beach users avoid contact with ocean water for a period of 3 days after significant rainfall, especially near flowing storm drains, creeks and rivers.

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