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It was Sewage! Beach Closure at Will Rogers Extended

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Public health officials today extended the closure to a portion of Will Rogers State Beach after tests confirmed that sewage was being discharged from a storm drain into the ocean. How much sewage? Approximately 9.600 gallons, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health. That's a big yuck.

Even before today's announcement, Heal the Bay staff members (photos above) checked out the storm drain, located about 100 yards south of Will Rogers Lifeguard Headquarters at 15100 Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. It stunk and the pollution was there for everyone to see. The beach is closed for a half-mile in each direction.

Although officials say the beach is closed, you can still swim, but at your own risk. “We are asking people to avoid entering or swimming in the ocean in the area immediately surrounding the storm drain at Will Rogers State Beach,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. He says they hope to lift the closure on Sunday at noon.

On Tuesday night, a citizen reported a foul smelling coming from the storm drain, prompting the closure on precautionary closure Wednesday.