LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Officials in Long Beach have closed all coastal beaches due to a sewage spill in the San Gabriel area blamed for discharging waste into the ocean.

An estimated 250,000 gallons of sewage had spilled into the storm system about 33 miles upstream from the city, according to Long Beach health officials.

The city’s health officer, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, ordered the closure of all open coastal beaches until lab results confirm the water is safe.

A rain advisory was also issued for recreational beaches and bays, warning that runoff from the morning rainstorm could increase bacteria levels and put swimmers at risk of illness.

The spill remains ongoing, according to the city’s website.

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