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Weekend sewage spill closes shoreline in Long Beach

January 14, 2020 GMT
FILE - This July 19, 2016, file photo shows a sign posted at Alamitos Beach warning of the dangers of sewage contaminated water in Long Beach, Calif. A sewage spill of about 11,000 gallons (42,000 liters) on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, has forced the closure of the shoreline in Long Beach. Samples taken will take about 24 hours to test, so the shutdown will likely last at least two days. (Steve McCrank/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP, File)
FILE - This July 19, 2016, file photo shows a sign posted at Alamitos Beach warning of the dangers of sewage contaminated water in Long Beach, Calif. A sewage spill of about 11,000 gallons (42,000 liters) on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, has forced the closure of the shoreline in Long Beach. Samples taken will take about 24 hours to test, so the shutdown will likely last at least two days. (Steve McCrank/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP, File)

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A sewage spill of about 11,000 gallons (42,000 liters) has forced the closure of the shoreline in Long Beach.

It’s unclear how long the beaches will be closed, but best practices dictate that the city should get at least two clean water samples before they’re reopened.

Samples taken Monday will take about 24 hours to test, so the shutdown will likely last at least two days, the Press-Telegram reported.

The spill on Sunday was caused by a grease blockage up the San Gabriel River in Hawaiian Gardens, the newspaper said.

Signs will be posted at beaches until the closures are lifted.