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Warning Issued as Sewage Spill Threatens Beach

Official estimates 500,000 gallons of sewage have spilled into Ballona Creek



    Warning Issued as Sewage Spill Threatens Beach
    A portion of the Los Angeles coastline was closed due to a sewage spill Wednesday.

    A sewage spill has prompted a warning to avoid ocean water along a two-mile stretch of beach known as "The Strand."

    Lifeguards posted signs along the coast Wednesday for beachgoers to avoid the water from Dockweiler State Beach to about one quarter mile north of Marina del Rey.

    The spill into Ballona Creek was first reported about 2 p.m. by a resident who called to complain about an odor, said Bernard Franklin, of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

    The official size of the spill has not been released, although Franklin estimated it to be about 500,000 gallons. Franklin said the origin of the spill is 6161 Centinela Ave. in Culver City.

    The warning will be in effect until at least 3 p.m. on Saturday, pending test results that measure the bacteria level in the ocean water, officials said in a news release.

    "We are asking people to avoid entering or swimming in the ocean in the area immediately south of Ballona Creek," said Director of Public Health and County Health Officer Jonathan E. Fielding.