Health Departments typically warn swimmers and surfers to stay out of the water for at least 3 days after a heavy rain.
It is advisable to wait at least 72 hours after a heavy rain before going into the ocean. Because of sewage and runoff from water logged sewer pipes, the ocean becomes extremely contaminated with pathogens that could potentially carry infectious diseases. Many coastal areas issue advisories to wait at least 72 hours before going in the water to reduce the risk of coming in contact with pathogens and other harmful pollutants.
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