LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Long Beach’s coasts could be closed until at least Saturday after a 2.4 million-gallon sewage spill near downtown Los Angeles, even after Seal Beach reopened its coastline to swimmers and surfers Thursday.
The spill that occurred about 2 p.m. Monday at Sixth Street and Mission Road in Boyle Heights, sending sewage into the Los Angeles River.
The flow of sewage from the ruptured pipe was stopped Tuesday afternoon, but not before 2.4 million gallons spilled onto area streets and into the L.A. River. Officials with the Los Angeles Department of Public Works said about 750,000 gallons of the spilled sewage had been recaptured.
The water is still being tested twice daily in Long Beach, where all coastal beaches in the city were still closed as of Thursday afternoon, but Alamitos Bay, Colorado Lagoon and Mother’s Beach were open. Officials don’t expect the coastal beaches to re-open until at least Saturday.