Much-needed rain also brought with it muck, trash and bacteria for local beaches, Los Angeles County health officials warned today. The elevated levels of toxic goop in the water could be sickening, so officials warned Beach-goers to stay on the sand until 6 p.m. on Tuesday. “It’s a good idea for surfers, swimmers, and other recreational water users to avoid getting into ocean water for at least 72 hours after a rainstorm, especially near discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “These areas of water may carry debris and run-off from urban and wilderness areas, which could contain high levels of bacteria.” Recorded information on beach conditions is available around-the-clock on the County’s beach closure hotline at 800-525-5662 and online at www.lapublichealth.org/beach. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!