Beach Advisory Issued Following Rainstorm
2010-10-19 · By Editor
The City Health Officer, Dr. Helene Calvet, has issued an advisory for the beaches in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced last night and today. After any significant rainfall (0.10″ or more) high levels of bacteria from storm drains, rivers, and polluted runoff enter into our ocean. It is recommended to avoid all ocean water contact for at least 72 hours after rainfall, especially at storm drain outlets, river mouths, streams, and lagoons. People should always pay particular attention to any warning signs posted at the beach for their safety.
The City Health Officer has also lifted the beach closure order for the area west of Belmont Pier, which was issued on Saturday, October 16, 2010 due to a fuel spill. The fuel has been determined to have dissipated and no longer poses a health risk. However, this area will be posted with an advisory associated with the above noted city-wide beach advisory due to the recent rains.
Water quality monitoring will continue to be conducted by the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Water Quality Program to determine the bacteriological content of the contamination in the beach waters. Additional advisories will be issued as necessary.
Further information about the water quality in Long Beach may be obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services Water Quality Information Line, 562.570.4199, or from the Department’s website.