Los Angeles County Health Officials Issue Bacteria Warnings for Local Beaches

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Bacteria warnings have been issued for local beaches by Los Angeles County health officials following Monday's storm.

Health officials say residents should avoid swimming, surfing and playing at local beaches located near storm drains, creeks and rivers. After a storm, officials say plastic, pet waste, trash, bacteria and other public health hazards make their way from city streets and mountain areas into the ocean through outlets.

Anyone who comes in contact with the water near these areas run the risk of getting sick from the bacteria that could be lurking in the water.

"We're visiting Los Angeles for one day and we were planning to spend some time on the beach, but we are going to be very careful about choosing the right spot," tourist Ayman Youssef," told KTLA.

The bacteria warnings for local beaches will remain in effect until at least 10 a.m. Thursday, but officials said it could last longer as more rainfall is expected late Thursday into Friday.

For more information on beach conditions, call the county's beach closure hotline at 800-525-5662.

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