The release of 2 million to 4 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Dominguez Channel has forced the closures of some beaches on Friday, Dec. 31, in Los Angeles County.
Sewage in the Dominguez Channel, which pours into the Los Angeles Harbor at the Port of Los Angeles, was expected to impact Cabrillo Beach, Point Fermin Beach, White Point Beach, Royal Palm State Beach and Rancho Palos Verdes Beach, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported.
“Closure signs will be posted in these areas,” the agency said in a statement. “Public health officials are advising residents to avoid contact with ocean water in the affected areas.”
Officials said water quality samples will be collected and that affected beaches will remain closed until samples are confirmed to have bacteria levels within state standards.
Further information on beach conditions is available at 800-525-5662 and at publichealth.lacounty.gov/beach.