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Beach closed by sewage spill may reopen today

Published 10/26/2009 on Press-Telegram

LONG BEACH – A length of beach that was closed on Saturday due to a sewage spill may reopen this afternoon.

The
city Health Department will test the water quality this morning and get
the results as early as noon today. If the bacteria count is low
enough, the beach will reopen.

The health office closed the section of coast from Third
Place to the Belmont Pier at 7:30 p.m. Saturday after the fire
department reported that it found a sewage spill.




The spill came from a ruptured pipe in a
parking structure near 65 Cedar Ave. The sewage flowed from the pipe
and into a storm drain which emptied into the ocean near Shoreline
Drive.

Telling how much sewage leaked into the ocean is
impossible, according to Nelson Kerr, the acting manager of the Bureau
of Environmental Health.

"By the time we get out there, \ may have been discharging for some time," he said.

He estimated the sewage amounted to at least 400 and maybe as many as 1,400 gallons.

If the bacteria count is too high, the beach will remain closed and the health office will test the water again the next day.

Authorities have posted signs advising beach visitors to stay out of the water.

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