Beach closure sign in Long Beach
A beach closure sign in Long Beach. Courtesy of the city
Beach closure sign in Long Beach
A beach closure sign in Long Beach. Courtesy of the city

Several beaches in Los Angeles and Orange counties will remain closed to water activities Sunday due to a raw sewage spill in the Dominguez Channel estimated at up to 8.5 million gallons.

On Saturday, the Orange County Health Care Agency expanded the ocean waters forbidden for swimming to include Seal Beach’s Surfside Beach and Huntington Beach’s Sunset Beach, health officials said.

The beaches around the ports in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Seal Beach had been closed since Friday.

Spill estimates range from 2 million to 4 million gallons on the low end to as high as 8.5 million gallons of untreated sewage, according to health officials.

The beaches will not reopen for swimming, surfing and other water- related activities until water quality levels meet acceptable standards, health officials said.

Sanitation crews were working in Los Angeles and Long Beach to clean up the impacted areas, officials in Los Angeles and Orange counties said.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn asked for a full investigation into how the sewage spill occurred.

“A sewage spill of this magnitude is dangerous and unacceptable and we need to understand what happened,” Hahn wrote in a statement released Friday. “The recent storm undoubtedly contributed to the spill but we need infrastructure that doesn’t fail when it rains. I am calling on L.A. County Sanitation Districts to do a full investigation into the cause of the spill and whether aging or faulty infrastructure was involved.”

Information about Orange County ocean, bay and harbor postings and closures can be obtained by calling 714-433-6400 or at OCBeachinfo.com.

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