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Advisory: stay out of the water

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According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, a rain advisory was put into effect as of Tuesday, Jan. 9, along the Orange County beach areas.

The Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms.

The elevated levels of bacteria can continue for a period of at least three days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of the runoff. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff of the beach during the wet weather conditions.

You can check local water conditions at www.ocbeachinfo.com.