Many Californians spend Christmas day on the beach, surfing, building sand castles, and frolicking in the warm Pacific waters. This tradition takes a rain check as torrents of water nearly drown the Southern California and have forced miles of beached to be closed; overflowed sewer systems have dumped massive amounts of sewage into the oceans. This sewage contains everything flushed away, everything from hair chemicals to fecal matter.
Now authorities have announced the sewage has made a return trip, collecting on the beaches all along the coast. Health experts verified the beaches were fully covered the sewage and to so much as visit the beach would be hazardous to anyone’s health. Swimming and sunbathing in human filth tends to do that.
Governor Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for six counties worst affected by the fecal fallout of these sewage menace and cautioned all Californians to stay away from the beaches.
How did Rainfall Force Beaches to Close?
According to BBC the Los Angles Metro Area and all of San Diego Country has received half of its annual rainfall in less than a week. The city was nearly brought to a standstill, as traffic was detoured around swollen rivers and overflowing sewer system. Out of the sewer grates debris, trash, and sewage swashed across the streets and into all major water systems in the area. This rubbish and semi toxic chemicals were washed down stream, out into the murky Pacific. Now that same sewage is being washed back up on the Californian shores.
One of the hardest hit regions was Orange County. Their beaches are strewn with excess pieces of debris and the shores reek of unspeakable smells. Laguna Beach has been closed, inciting outrage in the surfing community. They are not angry at the country closing the beach, they are furious that the beach had to be closed. It could be as long as a week till the beach is clean.
Why Has There Been So Much Rainfall?
Weather experts have remarked that this unusual rain system is the primary culprit in contaminating the beaches. Usually rainfall is dealt with in small drizzles or storms, not six day long cloud bursts that nearly drown the southern half of California. Some are saying that it is just and amorality, unlikely to be repeated. Others point to global warming the chief ringleader in this natural disaster.
In the past California has never dealt with rainfall of this magnitude. Neither has Africa been forced to deal with rapidly advancing Sahara desert; farmers are finding it harder and harder each year to maintain crops as water becomes scarce. Islands throughout the Pacific have never dealt with the inevitable rise of the ocean and the elimination of their countries.
All around the world water issues are arising, in some places there are too much precipitation and in others there is an absence of precipitation. There is no reason that California, or anywhere in the United States, to be exempted from this trend. As long as the four largest emitters of greenhouse gases, China, United States, Russia, and the European Union, this disastrous trend will continue as they release more than 75% of all greenhouse gases.
The best defense for Californian beaches, and the world’s countries, is to take a stand against global warming. Before we are all washed away.