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Sewage closes two beaches

January 20, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A 1-mile stretch of Will Rogers State Beach was closed Friday after 10,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the ocean through Santa Monica Mountain Creek, authorities said.

The spill was centered near Pacific Coast Highway and Chautauqua Boulevard, said Eric Edwards, acting chief environmental health specialist for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

The sewage was believed to have originated from the nearby Riviera Country Club, Edwards said. The beach was expected to remain closed until at least Sunday, he said.

A country club official could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, in Long Beach, 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Los Cerritos Channel from a county sanitation line.

That spill forced the indefinite closure of Mother's Beach and Marine Stadium to recreational use, said Kathy Parsons, a spokeswoman for the city.

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