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Part of Beach Near Ballona Creek Closed After 5,000 Gallon Sewage Spill

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A sewage spill has forced officials to close down a one-mile stretch of beach near Ballona Creek today, and the beach will remain off-limits to surfers and swimmers until at least late Thursday afternoon. The estimated 5,000 gallons of sewage may have entered the ocean at Centinela Creek, which discharges into Ballona Creek, said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health, according to City News Service.

The closure is from Topsail Street in Venice to Culver storm drain at Dockweiler State Beach; updates from the county on beach conditions are available online.

Warning signs have gone up in the area to caution against going in the water, though the sand remains unaffected.

The beach will not be re-opened until testing of bacteria levels from the waters indicates there is no more contamination.