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Storm Runoff Causes Unhealthy Water Conditions in San Clemente

Six locations in San Clemente tested positive for unhealthy bacteria levels following recent rains. Authorities are urging caution for swimmers between rain storms.

The Orange County Health Care Agency has issued a rain advisory in effect across local beaches where recent storm runoff has caused unhealthy bacteria levels that may cause illness.

In San Clemente, sample results from two days ago found six locations where bacteria levels exceeded state health standards.  The elevated bacteria levels where found 75 feet north of Poche Creek, in front of the concession stand, in front of the Lifeguard Headquarters north of the pier, at the projection of  Traflagar Canyon, the end of Avenida Calafia and at Avenida Las Palmeras.

Authorities advise swimmers and surfers to stay away from storm drains,
creeks and rivers where the possibility that bacteria or chemical from
debris from storm runoff may contaminate the water.
Further rain could cause the advisory to be extended past Saturday.

For more ongoing updates, check out the Health Care Agency’s Ocean Water Protection Program.

 - City News Service contributed to this report.

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