Southern California has been inundated these past several weeks with rain storms; it’s something we’re not used: There’s flash floods, mud slides, overflowing storm drains and traffic jams.
What’s really scary, though, is an advisory sent out by L.A. County’s environmental health division, advising people to stay out of the ocean because of the possibility that storm runoff could bring disease-carrying bacteria into the water. This is nothing new, however; after every major storm in Los Angeles the beaches become contaminated with sewage and the flotsam and jetsam of urban living.
But just how toxic are the beaches? Is this something out the 1950s and ’60s, when we had to worry about radioactive rain and fallout? Remember all those sci-fi movies about animals mutating into giant creatures because of radioactivity or pollution or scientific experiments gone wrong (“Them,” “Tarantula,” “The Beginning of the End,” “The Flesh Eaters,” to name just a few)? Is this what the future holds?
Where’s the Toxic Avenger when we need him?