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Portion of Will Rogers beach closed because of foul smell

September 23, 2009 |  4:31 pm

A one-mile stretch of Will Rogers State Beach near Pacific Palisades was closed today so that Los Angeles County health officials could investigate a resident's report of a strong smell. Ocean water was being tested to determine whether sewage was seeping from a storm drain.

The closure is expected to last until at least noon Friday, county health officials said.

"We are asking people to avoid entering or swimming in the ocean in the area immediately surrounding the storm drain," said Jonathan Fielding, L.A. County's director of public health.

"Once we determine bacteria levels in the water are found to be within normal ranges," he added, "we will remove the beach advisory."

-- Martha Groves