Environment & Science

Long Beach swimming areas closed by LA County sewage spill

File: Lab Technician Pravin Patel takes four different samples from four different areas of Mother's Beach in Marina del Rey.
File: Lab Technician Pravin Patel takes four different samples from four different areas of Mother's Beach in Marina del Rey.
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Swimming areas in Long Beach's Alamitos Bay have been closed due to a sewage spill, according to a press release from the city of Long Beach. The spill was due to heavy rains in Los Angeles County's sewage lines.

Between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., about 2,400 gallons of sewage spilled into Colorado Lagoon from an overflowing manhole, according to the release. The bay, the lagoon and Mother's Beach all remain under a closure order until test results indicate the water is safe to swim in.

This coincides with a rain advisory for all Long Beach beaches, along with other local beaches. That's due to the rain — increased runoff eventually ends up in the ocean and at the beaches, which can prove dangerous for swimmers. Long Beach recommends recreational swimming areas be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm.