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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1992
County health officials Monday reminded beach-goers to stay away from storm drains during rainy weather because bacterial levels can rise significantly. The bacteria level in water adjacent to the drains may stay elevated for as long as 72 hours after a storm. Swimmers should stay away from water near discharging storm drains, and beach users should avoid contact with any storm drain discharge on the beach. Storm drains convey flood waters and urban runoff.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An apparent sewage backup flooded part of Malibu City Hall on Saturday afternoon, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials reported. About two inches of water covered the ground floor and part of the basement, but damage to carpets and tile was minimal, a Fire Department spokesman said. About 50 firefighters using water vacuums, push brooms and squeegees cleaned up the mess in about three hours. The building apparently was unoccupied when the flooding was reported shortly after noon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1998
A main sewer line at North High School collapsed Wednesday, forcing school officials to close most of the restrooms on the east side of the campus and order a dozen portable toilets that will be set up today. School officials said that the sewer line became clogged Monday afternoon and was plugged to prevent a sewage spill. Joe Zeiler, assistant vice principal of maintenance, said a rooter was unable to clear the line Tuesday and by Wednesday the clay pipe had collapsed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2000
County health officials closed a two-mile stretch of beach in Redondo Beach and Torrance on Saturday morning because of sewage contamination. Firefighters responding to a sewage overflow about 9:40 a.m. found sewage flowing out of a manhole and into a storm drain. About 2,500 to 3,000 gallons of sewage flowed to the storm pipes and the ocean at two locations in Redondo Beach--Avenue F and Vista Del Mar, officials said. Officials closed the beach about 11 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1998
The last few days of brilliant sunshine brought relief from more than drenching rains and gloomy skies: The dry weather also enabled Los Angeles County health officials to reopen all but one of the beaches that had been closed because of storm-related sewage spills. Department of Health Services officials said only Mother's Beach in Marina del Rey remained closed Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1992
A stretch of coastline in Redondo Beach, closed since Monday morning because of high bacteria counts, was reopened Thursday. The three-quarters-of-a-mile stretch of beach, from the Redondo Beach Pier south to Knob Hill Avenue, had been closed after the discovery of a leaking sewer pipe attached to the underside of the pier. County health officials Wednesday reopened Mother's Beach in Marina del Rey, which had been closed since Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1992
Workers from the Hyperion Treatment Plant will take water samples today in Marina del Rey to determine when the last stretch of beach closed because of storm-related sewage spills and runoff can reopen. The beaches from the Ventura County line south to Long Beach were closed this month after partially treated sewage and some polluted storm-drain runoff poured into Santa Monica Bay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1991
Authorities closed a two-mile stretch of Dockweiler State Beach and the westernmost end of Imperial Highway Thursday after a major sewer line collapsed near the Hyperion sewage treatment plant in Playa del Rey. Plant officials estimated that up to 10,000 gallons of raw sewage from the 48-inch diameter line spilled onto Imperial Highway and entered a storm drain leading into nearby Santa Monica Bay. Plant manager John Crosse said work crews were attempting to repair the pipe by today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1998
After a broken pipe spilled sewage into the ocean near Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades on Thursday, county health officials closed a 2 1/2-mile section of beach and are not expected to reopen it until Monday. Will Rogers State Beach was closed from Sunset to Chautauqua Boulevard after a mudslide ruptured the pipe near Pulga Canyon. The spill has been stopped, but it will take a while for bacteria counts in the ocean to drop to safe levels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1992 | JEFF KRAMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He didn't intend it that way, but state Sen. Charles M. Calderon could not have picked a more apt location to conduct a public hearing on coastal pollution. As the legislator collected testimony Wednesday about a pair of dramatic beach closings this summer, Los Angeles County health officials were closing a two-mile stretch of beach just minutes away from the hearing site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1998
After a broken pipe spilled sewage into the ocean near Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades on Thursday, county health officials closed a 2 1/2-mile section of beach and are not expected to reopen it until Monday. Will Rogers State Beach was closed from Sunset to Chautauqua Boulevard after a mudslide ruptured the pipe near Pulga Canyon. The spill has been stopped, but it will take a while for bacteria counts in the ocean to drop to safe levels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1998
The last few days of brilliant sunshine brought relief from more than drenching rains and gloomy skies: The dry weather also enabled Los Angeles County health officials to reopen all but one of the beaches that had been closed because of storm-related sewage spills. Department of Health Services officials said only Mother's Beach in Marina del Rey remained closed Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1998
A main sewer line at North High School collapsed Wednesday, forcing school officials to close most of the restrooms on the east side of the campus and order a dozen portable toilets that will be set up today. School officials said that the sewer line became clogged Monday afternoon and was plugged to prevent a sewage spill. Joe Zeiler, assistant vice principal of maintenance, said a rooter was unable to clear the line Tuesday and by Wednesday the clay pipe had collapsed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1998 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the shore, dawn broke Wednesday with uncommon brilliance. The sky was a dreamy blue, the sun a pastel pink, the air fresh and clean. The waves were big and bold too. But at many usually popular beaches, there was nary a swimmer or surfer in sight. From the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Ventura County line, Los Angeles County's famous beaches were closed Wednesday. The culprit: a series of huge sewage spills. The verdict: This was not rad, dude.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1998
A two-mile stretch of beach in Redondo Beach and Torrance was reopened Thursday by Los Angeles County health officials after they determined that high bacteria levels from a sewage spill had abated. The area from Topaz Way south to the base of the Palos Verdes Peninsula was closed late Tuesday when a blocked sewer line caused 3,000 gallons of raw sewage to spill into the ocean. The line was repaired, but officials predicted it would take a day or so for the high bacteria levels to dissipate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1998 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against the owner of a Malibu mobile home park for allowing a series of sewage overflows that officials say have soiled the pristine beach area. The firm, Kissel Co. Inc., owner of Paradise Cove, faces more than $80,000 in fines after a series of septic tank overflows last year that authorities say violated state and local health regulations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1996
Surf's up and swimmers are back in the water. After a 10-mile strip of beaches from Venice to Redondo Beach was closed Sunday because of a sewage spill, beach-goers hopped back in the water when officials lifted the ban Monday. Pete Polanco, 16, went boogie boarding at Manhattan Beach, and said he was glad to be able to be back in the water. Pete calls the surf report each morning to make sure it is safe to get back in the water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1996
Surf's up and swimmers are back in the water. After a 10-mile strip of beaches from Venice to Redondo Beach was closed Sunday because of a sewage spill, beach-goers hopped back in the water when officials lifted the ban Monday. Pete Polanco, 16, went boogie boarding at Manhattan Beach, and said he was glad to be able to be back in the water. Pete calls the surf report each morning to make sure it is safe to get back in the water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1996
Los Angeles County health officials reopened Marina del Rey beach to swimmers Friday. It was the last portion of a four-mile stretch of coast that had been closed after a sewage spill last weekend. Water samplings at Marina del Rey beach showed that the bacteria count had dropped to a safe level, and people are no longer being advised to avoid the water, said Jack Petralia, director of environmental protection for the Department of Health Services.
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