Massive Sewage Spill Leads to Closure of Two L.A. County Beaches

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LOS ANGELES, CA (May 10, 2024)Two popular Los Angeles County beaches, Venice Beach and Dockweiler State Beach, are closed following a substantial sewage spill. Approximately 14,400 gallons of untreated sewage were discharged into the ocean, prompting health warnings from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

 

The closure stretches from Ballona Creek northward for a mile at Venice Beach and southward for a mile at Dockweiler State Beach. This decision follows a south-facing swell that pushed contaminated water beyond the initial boundaries.

 

The incident, which began on May 8 and concluded the following day, poses significant health risks, particularly to children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Public health officials have commenced water quality testing as of May 10, and the beaches will remain closed until bacterial levels are confirmed to meet safety standards.

 

Residents and visitors are strongly advised to avoid contact with wet sand and ocean water in the affected areas. For updates on beach status and safety advisories, visit the L.A. County Department of Health’s website or contact their hotline at 1-800-525-5662.

If you believe your health has been affected by this Los Angeles beach sewage spill, or if you have concerns about liability, RTM Law Firm is equipped to provide the necessary legal support and advice. Contact us for assistance with health-related claims and to ensure your rights are fully protected.

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