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Beach reopens after sewage leak

September 27, 2009|Rong-Gong Lin II

A one-mile stretch of Will Rogers State Beach reopened Saturday, two days after sanitation workers capped a storm drain that had leaked nearly 10,000 gallons of raw sewage into the ocean.

At 1 p.m., lifeguards began removing signs warning visitors away from the ocean water, said Bernard Franklin, chief environmental health specialist for the recreational waters program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The closed section of the beach stretched from about half a mile north to about half a mile south of the storm drain, which is about 100 yards south of the Will Rogers Lifeguard Headquarters at 15100 Pacific Coast Highway.

Franklin said the sewage leak was fixed about 1 p.m. Thursday. Water samples taken from the beach area that day showed high bacteria levels, but samples taken Friday came back clean, he said.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II

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