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Colorado Lagoon to stay closed

Published 10/14/2008 on Press Telegram

BACTERIA: Testing continues on area hit by 1,200-gallon spill.

LONG BEACH Colorado Lagoon remained closed Tuesday after test results revealed that bacteria levels were elevated a day earlier.

Dr. Helene Calvet, city health officer, said more testing was conducted Tuesday. The lagoon will remain closed at least until test results are revealed today.

A sewage spill caused the closure of the lagoon Saturday morning. City officials issued the closure to all water-based recreational activities involving bodily contact with the water until tests show bacteria levels have dropped to the level of state law requirements.

Water Department officials said a sewage line near Eighth Street and Pacific Coast Highway overflowed into the street, dumping approximately 1,200 gallons of raw sewage into the storm system and into the lagoon at 400 Park Ave. The overflow may have been due to grease getting plugged in the line.

The Health Department's Recreational Water Program has continued testing to monitor the bacteriological content of the water to determine when the beaches may be reopened.

Beachgoers are still encouraged to pay attention to warning signs posted at the beach.

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