Sewage Spill Shuts Beaches: Don’t Let the Tide Take You for a Ride

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Warning: Two LA County Beaches Closed Due to Massive Sewage Discharge

Beachgoers in Los Angeles County are urged to be cautious as two popular beaches have been closed due to a significant sewage discharge.

Affected Beaches

  • Venice Beach: from Ballona Creek to one mile north
  • Dockweiler State Beach: from Ballona Creek to one mile south

Health Warnings

Swimming, surfing, or any other ocean activities within the affected areas are strongly discouraged. Exposure to contaminated water can lead to illnesses, particularly among children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems.

Cause of the Discharge

Approximately 14,400 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into Ballona Creek on May 8 and ended at 12:09 p.m. on May 9. The closure area was expanded based on observations of ocean currents pushing water northward.

How to Report Issues

In case of a beach emergency, contact the L.A. County Operator:
• Phone Number: 626-430-5360 (office hours)
• Phone Number: 213-974-1234 (after hours)

To report beach-related concerns:
• Visit the L.A. County Department of Health website.
• Call the hotline: 1-800-525-5662.

Stay Informed

Monitor official channels for updates on the beach closures. Remember, water quality can fluctuate rapidly, so always prioritize safety and follow any posted advisories.