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Stretch of beach near Marina del Rey closed after sewage spill

September 29, 2010 |  5:02 pm

Los Angeles County health officials closed a two-mile stretch of beach just south of Ballona Creek near Marina del Rey on Wednesday afternoon after raw sewage flowed into the ocean.

Officials are urging swimmers and surfers to avoid entering the water until at least 3 p.m. Saturday.  Lifeguards were planning to post warning signs on the sand to alert the public.

The cause of the spill and the time it occurred were under investigation.  Officials did not have a figure on how many gallons spilled into the ocean.

Officials said they planned to test the water daily to monitor the pollution levels.

-- Robert J. Lopez