UPDATE | Long Beach beaches remain closed today following a sewage spill on Monday that has now released about 2.4 million gallons of sewage into the Los Angeles River due to a broken pipe in Los Angeles, authorities said.
According to the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, 2.4 million gallons spilled from the pipe as of late this morning. Crews were still working to contain the spill.
The ruptured pipe near downtown Los Angeles was reported Monday and prompted Long Beach health officials to close all coastal beaches. A portion of Seal Beach also remains off limits to surfers and swimmers. According to the county Health Care Agency, beaches in Seal Beach were closed from San Gabriel River Mouth to Anaheim Bay.
The incident happened Monday at about 2:00PM at 6th Street and Mission Road, when the top of a sewer pipe collapsed. Debris from the collapse fell into the pipe, causing the overflow, according to public works officials.
PREVIOUSLY: LA Sewage Spill Prompts Closure of Long Beach Coastal Beaches Monday
7/18/16 at 5:26PM | All coastal beaches in Long Beach have been closed after at least 108,000 gallons of sewage entered the Los Angeles River Monday when a sewage pipe broke in downtown Los Angeles, city health officials announced.
The spill was ongoing as of Monday evening, prompting acting Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Mauro Torno to order the closure of all coastal beaches until health department lab tests indicate the water is safe for swimming, a release from the health department announced.
The spill was initially estimated at about 108,000 gallons, officials stated.
For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at 562.570.4199 or visit www.longbeach.gov/health/eh/
Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.
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