WEEKEND UPDATE: All beaches have been cleared and reopened by the City Health Officer.

NOTE: City health officials have added all beaches within Alamitos Bay as a precaution. Testing continues.

Several Long Beach area beaches have been closed until further notice due to a sewage spill.

The City Health Officer closed Mother’s Beach to water contact until testing confirms that results are within state standards. The closure comes after there was a sewage spill in the Cerritos Channel.

Health officials categorized the 1,000-gallon spill as “low level” — it occurred and was contained on Sunday afternoon. The spill originated in the Bixby Terrace area due to a failure of a private sump pump.

Still, do to the proximity of the spill to Mother’s Beach, officials said the beach will remain closed until they finish testing — Marine Stadium also has been closed to water contact as an extra precaution.

These closures will be posted in the necessary areas and water sampling will continue today (Monday) to determine when the beaches will reopen.

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The Grunion Gazettes, always on the side of out right liars! Stop protecting these people Gazette, your not even a shadow of your former selves.

Can't wait till the Grunions go belly-up, and if my friend is right, we might be getting some good news for Christmas!

-Greg Tull

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More proof Nelson Kerr is a liar. Mr. Kerr was quoted in the Grunion Gazette in 2009 when a raw sewage spill occurred from the same location. Yet, he claims the spill last week from the Bixby Hills community was the first.

Even the LA times reported on it.

Doesn't it make you wonder how many other times raw sewage was dumped to the bay from this same location? Is there anyone in the city who is credible?


-Mike Ruehle

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This is the 2nd time in 3 years the Bixby Hills community has dumped their raw sewage into the bay, causing multiple beach closure. Despite what city officials claim that it has never happened before from this location, the LBReport.com reported a raw sewage spill from this very location closed the beaches in 2009.

In fact, the recent city press release looks identical to the one in 2009, right down to the 1000 gallons of raw sewage and all. Nelson Kerr, manager of the health department's bureau of environmental health initially said the city was going to aggressively seek prosecution of the property owner. Yet he admits the city did not do so in 2009. What makes anyone believe anything Nelson Kerr says and that it will happen this time?

Long Beach, look forward to having another raw sewage spill from this very location close your beaches again in the not so distant future.

-Mike Ruehle

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This is NOT an isolated incident. Out of 15 test points within Long Beach's city limits, six of the areas under surveillance received averaged D or F grades in in the month of September, meaning these waters have the worst level of bacteria in the state according to Heal The Bay.

http://brc.healthebay.org/


-Mike Ruehle

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!!!!

-Derek E.

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