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Rain triggers beach pollution warning from environmental group

October 6, 2011 |  7:35 am

Dog plays in rain in Sherman Oaks

An environmental group is urging people to stay out of the ocean for 72 hours after the first significant rainstorm of the season because of pollution from urban runoff.

The potential contaminants, including chemicals and debris that have been accumulating for months on sidewalks, roadways and riverbeds, have now been washed into storm drains by the rain, said the group Heal the Bay.

More rain is expected to wash over Southern California on Thursday as another front moves in, according to the National Weather Service.

Isolated showers are expected across the region with a potential for thunderstorms over San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties in the evening. 

Mountain areas could experience snowfall between 5,500 and 6,000 feet.

The cooler temperatures may dissuade beachgoers, but there are other reasons for Southern Californians not to take a dip.

The weather service predicts gusty winds along the coastal waters could produce rough seas and dangerous rip tides through Thursday evening.


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Photo: A golden retriever named Dyson runs through a rain puddle Wednesday in Sherman Oaks. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times