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Santa Barbara County ocean waters closed due to high bacterial levels

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At 2:30 p.m. Thursday the Santa Barbara County Health Officer has closed Santa Barbara County Beach Ocean Waters until further notice.

These beaches include Gaviota, Refugio, El Capitan, Sands at Coal Oil Point, Goleta State Beach, Hope Ranch, Arroyo Burro, Leadbetter, East Beach at Mission Creek, East Beach at Sycamore Creek, Butterfly, Hammond’s, Summerland, and Carpinteria State Beach. These waters should be considered contaminated and no recreational activities or swimming should take place.

People should not enter the water due to high levels of bacteria from this week’s mudslides and heavy rains. Additionally the California Office of Emergency Services reported hazardous materials washing up on shore.

The sandy beaches themselves are not closed just the water until further testing has been done.

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