City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 071816
Sewage Spill in Downtown Los Angeles Enters L.A. River, Requires Closure of Coastal Beaches in Long Beach
Nelson Kerr

On Monday, July 18, a sewage spill from a broken sewage pipe in downtown Los Angeles entered the Los Angeles River, prompting the closure of all coastal beaches in Long Beach.

The spill is ongoing, and was initially estimated at approximately 108,000 gallons.

The Los Angeles River terminates in Long Beach. City of Long Beach Acting Health Officer, Dr. Mauro Torno, has issued the order to close all coastal beaches until Health Department lab tests indicate the water is safe for swimming.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at 562.570.4199 or visit