By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — All beaches in the city of Long Beach were closed on Saturday following a massive sewage spill.

People wearing masks exercise on the beach in Long Beach on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Fifty-thousand gallons of sewage spilled into the Los Cerritos Channel, prompting the city’s health official officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, to give the order to temporarily shut beaches down.

The spill was caused by a pump station failure due to a loss of power, according to Long Beach Environmental Health Bureau Manager Judeth Luong.

The city’s water quality health team was monitoring water quality along the coast, officials said.

It is not yet clear how long the beaches will remain closed.

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