Sewage Spill Prompts Closure of Some Beach Swimming Areas in Long Beach

LONG BEACH (CNS) - Swimming areas west of the Belmont Pier in Long Beach have been ordered closed due to a sewage spill, authorities said today.

``According to a report received from the Los Angeles County Health Department ... 9,000 gallons of sewage was discharged into the Los Angeles River from a sewage line controlled by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works,'' according to a statement released by the city of Long Beach. 

The spill occurred about 1 p.m. Sunday in the city of Commerce, about 17 miles from Long Beach, the city reported.``The total spill was estimated at 9,500 gallons ... 9,000 gallons (of which) entered the storm drain and flowed into the Los Angeles River,'' according to the city's statement. Water testing will continue until results are in compliance with state water quality standards. 

The closures affect ``water contact'' in the swimming areas of the beaches.

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