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Sewage spill closes section of shore in Long Beach

August 12, 2008 |  8:57 pm

A nearly 4-mile section of beach in Long Beach remained closed Tuesday evening after more than 20,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Los Angeles River.

The spill, which was reported just after 3 p.m., was caused by a broken sewage line near Watts and closed 3.85 miles of coastal shore from Alamitos Avenue to 72nd Place, said Jeff Benedict, manager of the environmental health bureau for Long Beach.

The beaches are expected to remain closed at least until Friday, pending tests to ensure that bacteria levels meet state standards, he said.

-- Carla Rivera