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Stretch Of Marina Del Rey’s Beach Closed For Sewage Spill

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Beach closed because of sewage spill. (credit: CBS)

Beach closed because of sewage spill. (credit: CBS)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a two-mile stretch of beach near Marina del Rey will likely remain closed at least until Saturday because of a sewage spill that released about 500,000 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain.

Los Angeles Public Works Department spokesman Ron Charles tells the Los Angeles Times that residents reported a manhole overflowing with sewage near Centinela Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

Crews determined the spill was caused by a blockage in a sewer main.

Charles says the backup entered an adjacent storm drain that runs to Ballona Creek and eventually to the ocean.

He says the two-mile stretch of beach south of Ballona Creek will remain closed to swimmers and surfers until at least 3 p.m. Saturday.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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