Public Should Avoid Long Beach's Waters after Weekend Rainstorm, Health Officials Say

Long Beach health officials have issued a rain advisory for the city’s beaches and bays following this weekend’s rain.

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As part of the advisory, the Long Beach Health Department (LBHD) advises people to avoid water contact in Long Beach’s oceans and bays for 72 hours, according to LBHD’s Environmental Health Bureau Manager Nelson Kerr.

“After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches,” officials stated. “Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm.”

Kerr said the rainfall over the weekend exceed more than 0.1 inches.

The advisory—issued by acting Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Mauro Torno—will go into effect through February 3, and may extend if more rain occurs before that date, officials stated.

Further information may be obtained from the health department’s Water Quality Information Line at 562.570.4199.



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