Tuesday’s flooding in Santa Barbara County caused death, destruction, as well as a new problem in the form of ocean pollution.
Santa Barbara County Public Health officials have closed a nearly 50 miles stretch of the county’s coastline to swimming, surfing and other activities. They say the water has been contaminated by high bacterial levels, chemicals, and sewage carried into the ocean by the flood waters.
The shutdown includes the ocean off the coast from the Ventura County line at Rincon Point to Gaviota Beach. People can still use the sandy beach area, but are being warned to be careful because of hazardous items washing up on the beaches.