Parts of Long Beach’s Coastal Beaches Open After Last Week’s Sewage Spill

Long Beach health officials re-opened coastal beaches east of Molino Avenue on Thursday after lab results showed bacteria levels within state standards, according to a press release.

The closure of the city’s coastal beaches was prompted last Tuesday by a 250,000-gallon sewage spill in the city of San Gabriel.

Heavy rain and an open sewer as part of a railroad project caused the spill 33 miles upstream from Long Beach, officials said.

“Daily water samples now confirm that the water in this area is safe for swimming,” the release stated.

Beaches west of Molino Avenue, while clearing and improving significantly, remain closed until they are safe to re-open, officials said.

Health authorities said those bayside beaches never impacted by the spill remain open.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at 562.570.4199 or visit the Health Department’s Recreational Water page.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.