beach closed sewage

All beaches in Long Beach were temporarily closed Saturday, Dec. 26, after 50,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Los Cerritos Channel, city health officials said.

Dr. Anissa Davis, Long Beach city health officer, ordered the closures, which stretch approximately seven miles, after the city received a report of the spill from the Los Angeles County Department of Sanitation, officials said.

The spill occurred in Long Beach and reportedly occurred after a loss of power led to a pump station failure, officials said.

A recreational water quality health inspection team was monitoring the water quality until results comply with California water quality standards. It wasn’t immediately known how long the beaches might be closed.

Officials sample water tests each week to monitor bacteria levels, officials said.

—Nathaniel Percy


Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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