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.
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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