All beaches in Long Beach were temporarily closed Saturday, Dec. 26, after 50,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Los Cerritos Channel, city health officials said.

Dr. Anissa Davis, Long Beach city health officer, ordered the closures, which stretch approximately seven miles, after the city received a report of the spill from the Los Angeles County Department of Sanitation, officials said.

The spill occurred in Long Beach and reportedly occurred after a loss of power led to a pump station failure, officials said.

A recreational water quality health inspection team was monitoring the water quality until results comply with California water quality standards. It wasn’t immediately known how long the beaches might be closed.

Officials sample water tests each week to monitor bacteria levels, officials said.


By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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