Environment & Science

Long Beach reopens some beaches following sewage spill

View of the ocean near the Port of Long Beach.
View of the ocean near the Port of Long Beach.
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Update 5 p.m. Some Long Beach beaches reopened following sewage spill

Some Long Beach beaches have been reopened following closures due to hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage that flowed into the ocean nine days ago on Sept. 15.

The Long Beach Health Department announced on Twitter that water testing levels showed that beaches east of Molino Ave. had reached safe levels, but testing continues for beaches to the west of Molino. Meanwhile, bayside beaches that weren't initially impacted by the spill remain open.

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11:17 a.m. Long Beach beaches to remain closed for at least 2 days following sewage spill

Coastal waters in Long Beach will remain closed for at least two more days due to elevated bacteria levels, Long Beach Health officials told KPCC.

The latest water quality test results still show the Long Beach coastal waters are not clean enough for swimming after a broken sewer line resulted in hundreds of thousands gallons of raw sewage flowing into the ocean in Long Beach Sept. 15.

"There have been very high levels of bacteria, and although there's been some gradual clearing, the levels are still not safe for us to reopen those beaches," Dr. Mitchell Kushner with the Long Beach Health Department told KPCC.

Those test results were from Tuesday, Kushner said. The Health Department needs two days of clean samples before beaches can reopen.

Beaches from 5th place to 72nd place have been closed. 

The Long Beach Health Department anticipated having the results of another water test by Wednesday afternoon.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Molino Avenue.  This story has been updated.