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Sheesh. It Happens. Another Sewage Spill Leads To Beach Closures In Long Beach

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Long Beach's Alamitos Bay. A sewage spill in the LA River prompted officials to close beaches in Long Beach.
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A sewage spill has all but ensured that there will be no swimming allowed at beaches in Long Beach today.

Officials say a grease-clogged sewer line in Paramount backed up and overflowed into the L.A. River.

About 30,000 to 40,000 gallons of sewage ended up in the ocean, enough to fill up a couple of backyard swimming pools, according to Long Beach environmental health supervisor Keith Allen.

"We've closed the beaches as a precaution, and we are taking water samples to make sure that the bacteria levels are with the state standard," Allen said.

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Beaches could reopen by Friday, Allen said, depending on how quickly the water clears up.

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