Long Beach, California – Following reports that 30,000 to 40,000 gallons of sewage had been released into the Los Angeles River on Tuesday, swimming spots in Long Beach have been shut down as a precaution.
The Long Beach Health Department said in a statement that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works notified them that the leak started in Paramount and was caused by a grease-clogged sewer line.
According to the statement, local beaches will be closed “out of an abundance of caution” until the water quality passes state standards. The water quality along Long Beach’s 7-mile-long shoreline is being monitored by the officials.
Last time, a 60-year-old pipe that was on the county’s maintenance list burst, releasing 9 million gallons of sewage into the Dominguez Channel. This was the first time the channel had been contaminated. For the Los Angeles County Sanitation District, which has been tracking spill statistics since 1981, it was the largest leak in the district’s history.