October 13: An ocean water use warning was issued Wednesday for several beaches in and near Santa Monica.
The beaches have exceeded state standards for bacteria in ocean water, and water contact in these areas may cause illness, public health officials said.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ocean use warning advised swimmers and surfers to avoid water contact in the following areas:
* Santa Monica Pier at Santa Monica State Beach: Avoid water contact 100 yards north and south of the Pier.
* Pico-Kenter storm drain at Santa Monica State Beach: Avoid water contact 100 yards north and south of the storm drain.
* Mother's Beach at Marina Beach: Avoid water contact at the swim area.
* The Bel Air Bay Club at Will Rogers State Beach (near Santa Monica South Tower 20).
* Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro.
Health officials advised beachgoers to avoid water contact near flowing creeks and storm drains.
Recorded information on beach conditions is available on the county's beach closure hotline: 1-800- 525-5662. Information is also available on the LA county Public Health website.