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Health Officials Warn About Water Runoff Contamination as Rain Comes to South, Central Coasts

As rain comes to the South and Central Coast, Ventura and Santa Barbara County health officials are warning about the potential of storm water runoff contamination.

Authorities say rainfall could cause runoff that can flow into storm drains, channels, creeks and rivers that empty onto the beaches. Studies suggest that the runoff water carry disease causing bacteria to the beaches and into the ocean water.  Contact could pose health risks including rashes, fever, chills and ear infections. Beachgoers should avoid coming into contact with this water.

In fact, Ventura County has issued an advisory that warns people to avoid contact with storm water runoff and ocean water at all beaches for at least 72 hours after all rainfall has ended.