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50,000-Gallon Load Of Sewage Runs Down Los Angeles River To Long Beach

Update: The stretch of Long Beach possibly contaminated by the sewage was reopened today. We hear they did tests and stuff, but still -- swim at your own risk. Originally posted on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 1:15 p.m.

Excellently timed during fall's final heat wave, a pressurized sewage line decided to burst yesterday morning in at 500 South Beachwood Drive in Burbank, leading to multiple beach closures from 3rd Place to 72nd Place in Long Beach.

The 50,000-gallon flubbery beast made its way down the Los Angeles River until it reached the open coast, where it infested ocean waters and likely killed a minnow or two.

The City of Long Beach said the following in a press release:

"As a precautionary measure, the City Health Officer has ordered all open coastal beach areas closed until further testing indicates that bacteria levels are within State standards to allow for recreational swimming and other water based activities."

First fleaborn typhus, now this motherload? Long Beach has been getting the cruddy end of the stick this season.

At least it can commiserate with Venice, whose healthy population of RV drifters dumped spare sewage wherever they pleased this summer.

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