Better think twice before swimming near storm drains this holiday season

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Monday's rain washed the streets clean for Christmas Day. But whatever was on the streets is now in the ocean, so health advisories are in effect until Wednesday.

LA County health officials are issuing a holiday warning to Christmas Day revelers who plan to make a splash at the beach this week.  

That's because Los Angeles basin rainfall expected during the Christmas holiday will likely carry  to the ocean the usual assortment of debris, chemicals and bacteria from city streets known to make swimmers and surfers sick. 

Health officials say if you plan to surf or swim, you should be fine as long as you stay away from storm drains, creeks and rivers that are likely to carry the pollutants into the surf.  The advisory is expected to remain into effect through Wednesday morning at 8 a.m.

For 24-hour recorded information on beach conditions, call the County's beach closure hotline: 1-800-525-5662. Or you can check out the LA County Department of Public Health beach closure information online.  


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