I Don't Swim in Your Toilet But Dirty Runoff Keeps Ocean Best Avoided This Weekend
No yellow tape closing beaches has gone up (yet?), but the Orange County Health Care Agency is advising divers, surfers and swimmers to stay out of coastal waters.
That's because recent rains flushed contaminants via creeks, rivers and storm drains into the ocean, where unhealthy bacteria levels have been detected lately.
The San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation advises the public to never to swim or surf within 72 hours after a rain, whose water can carry human sewage, animal feces, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, heavy metals and petroleum products into the ocean. Fever, stomach flu, hepatitis, respiratory illness, salmonellosis, shigellosis, infection, giardiasis, amoebic dysentery, skin rashes, pink eye and other ear, nose and throat problems may result.
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The Health Care Agency advisory, which covers Seal Beach at the north to San Clemente in the south, began Christmas Eve and is expected to last through Saturday or Sunday.
However, it could be extended if more heavy rains falls. For coastal OC, the National Weather Service forecasts a slight chance of rain Saturday morning and afternoon, a chance of rain in the evening and showers overnight, a chance of showers Sunday morning and slight chance that afternoon, and partial cloudiness all weekend giving way to sunny skies New Year's Day (as ordered by the Rose Parade committee).
Find out more about the storm runoff advisory at ocbeachinfo.com.
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