Burbank Sewage Spill Closes Long Beach Open Coastal Beaches

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beach-closed-no-swimming sewage spill BurbankA 50,000-gallon sewage spill in Burbank led to beach closures in Long Beach.

City Health Officer Dr. Helene Calvet issued the announcement on Tuesday after the sewage spill entered the Los Angeles River. The closure prohibits water-based recreational activities and is specific to Long Beach’s open coastal beaches from 3rd Place to 72nd Place.

The sewage spill, which was caused when a pressurized sewage line broke at 500 S. Beachwood Drive, occurred at 11:47 a.m. on Tuesday, and is unlikely to seriously impact the water quality.

As a precautionary measure, the City Health Officer has ordered all open coastal beach areas closed until further testing indicates that bacteria levels are within State standards to allow for recreational swimming and other water based activities. People at beach areas should always pay particular attention to any warning signs posted at the beach for their safety.

Water quality testing will continue to be conducted by the Health Department’s Recreational Water Program to monitor the bacteriological content of the water and determine when the beaches may be re-opened.

Further information about the recreational water quality in Long Beach may be obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services Water Quality Information Line 562.570.4199, or from the Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health.

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