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A Massive Sewage Spill Has Closed Alamitos Bay For The Weekend

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Friday's rains have caused a major sewage spill in Long Beach. 27,000 gallons of sewage have spilled into the Alamitos Bay, leading to a 72-hour health advisory warning from city officials.

“My understanding is it’s from the system being overwhelmed by the rain,” Nelson Kerr, the city's environmental health bureau manager, told the Long Beach Press Telegram.

The spill, which was stopped by 2:45 p.m. on Friday, came from two manholes near the Colorado Lagoon. The Long Beach Health Department warns against swimming at Marine Stadium, Mother’s Beach, Colorado Lagoon, and Bayshore.

According to MyNewsLA, more rains over the weekend will increase storm drain and river runoff, causing additional health hazards to swimmers.

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“We’re dealing with the increased rain; we’re dealing with potential increased tides and wind,” Long Beach Fire Department Spokesman Jake Heflin cautioned, notes the Press Telegram.

By 5 p.m. Friday, Long Beach Airport had received 1.26 inches of rain. Storms should continue to drop rain on the Southland from Saturday night through Monday.