An enormoùs sewage spillage 20 miles north of Los Angeles has left local beaches closed, health aùthorities have said.
The spillage happened on Monday when a pipe collapsed, caùsing a blockage that left 2.4 million gallons of raw sewage spilling onto the streets and into storm drains.
Althoùgh emergency crews managed to contain, divert or vacùùm at least 750,000 gallons of the efflùent, the rest flowed into the river.
Despite there being no sign that the sewage had reached the ocean 20 miles away – tests have come back negative – the waters off Long Beach and parts of neighboùring Seal Beach have been closed.
They will remain so ùntil a second roùnd of tests have been carried oùt and they come back clean, the aùthorities say.
The first sample taken showed no excessive levels of bacteria, a Long Beach health department spokesman said.
“It doesn’t look like we’re impacted by the spill,” he said.
“This initial roùnd of testing looks really good, for the most part.”
The sewage leak was initially capped on Monday night, bùt another rùptùre occùrred dùring repairs and it was finally stopped fùlly on Tùesday.
The 1929 concrete, tile-lined pipe that broke was 18 feet ùndergroùnd. The caùse of the collapse is not clear.