latest news 5,000 gallon sewage spill closes RAT beach near Torrance

A secluded beach near Torrance and Rancho Palos Verdes was closed Wednesday morning after 5,000 gallons of sewage spilled into nearby Malaga Creek, officials said.

Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards marched along RAT Beach, just south of Torrance Beach, warning people to stay out of the water, said department spokesperson Kealiinohopono Barnes. Rescuers also set up boats, warning people already in the water — swimmers or people looking to fish — of the spill, according to Barnes.

The county public health department needed to test the water before reopening the beach, Barnes said.

The spill occurred Tuesday night in nearby Malaga Creek, which meanders through Rancho Palos Verdes past homes, schools and a golf course, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn said in a statement. a tweet Wednesday morning. The creek empties into the rocky cove at RAT Beach.

“I’m getting more information about this incident and why another sewage spill has impacted our beautiful coastline,” Hahn said.

Although the cause of this week’s spill is still undetermined, failing infrastructure and equipment have caused other major spills along the county’s shoreline.

Last summer, 17 million gallons of sewage spilled from Hyperion’s water reclamation plant and into Santa Monica Bay. Although the factory blamed the spill on a jam of wood and concrete dumped illegally into the sewer system, a report this year instead pointed to equipment failures, ignored alarms and insufficient staff.

On New Year’s Eve, a 60-year-old pipe burst, spilling 6-7 million gallons of sewage down Carson Streets, into the Dominguez Canal and finally into the ocean, causing counties to close beaches. from Los Angeles and Orange.

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