Sewage spill closes 2-mile stretch of Southern California beach

9:20 PM, Sep 30, 2010   |    comments
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities said a two-mile stretch of beach near Marina del Rey will likely remain closed at least until Saturday because of a sewage spill that released about 500,000 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain.

Los Angeles Public Works Department spokesman Ron Charles told the Los Angeles Times that residents reported a manhole overflowing with sewage near Centinela Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

Crews determined the spill was caused by a blockage in a sewer main.

Charles said the backup entered an adjacent storm drain that runs to Ballona Creek and eventually to the ocean.

He said the two-mile stretch of beach south of Ballona Creek will remain closed to swimmers and surfers until at least 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Associated Press

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