Atlantic Ave. Closed From Oil and Wastewater Spills

A busy stretch of Atlantic Ave. is expected to reopen sometime today after both an oil and wastewater spill occurred within 12 hours of each other at a nearby above-ground tank farm. 

Atlantic Ave. between Willow Ave. and Spring St.—as well as portions of 27th and 28th Streets—were closed beginning at around 8AM Tuesday morning, when an oil spill was reported at a tank farm located at 27th St. and Olive Ave., on the border of Long Beach and Signal Hill. The spill was contained within 30 minutes, but caused crude to overflow into the northbound side of Atlantic. At the time of the spill, crews estimated that the road would remain closed for 24 hours.  

“A high-pressure line carrying crude oil was going into a tank, and the tank overflowed,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Quvondo Johnson said. “The oil went down a storm drain, as well as down the street.”

At 6:11PM the same day, a wastewater spill was reported at the same tank farm, said Robert Diaz, a dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The wastewater scene was cleared by 7PM and is unknown the volume of either spill. 

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.