Swimmers Warned Away After Long Beach Sewage Spill

LONG BEACH (CBS) — A 50,000-gallon sewage spill on Tuesday forced the closure of beaches between 3rd Place and 72nd Place in Long Beach, officials said.

The 11:47 a.m. spill occurred in Burbank when a pressurized sewage line broke at 500 S. Beachwood Drive, close to the Los Angeles river, a Burbank police official said.

While the spill was not expected to seriously impact water quality, as a precautionary measure the Long Beach Health Officer closed the beaches until further testing shows bacteria levels are within state standards for recreational swimming and other water-based activities.

Water testing will be conducted so the bacteriological content of the water can be determined.

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