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All swimming areas along the coastal beaches of Long Beach were closed Saturday due to a sewage spill, the City of Long Beach announced.

Approximately 50,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Los Cerritos Channel on Saturday after a pump station failed due to a loss of power, the city said in a press release.

The city learned of the spill after receiving a report from the Los Angeles County Department of Sanitation Saturday morning, officials said.

The Long Beach Health Department’s recreational water quality health inspection team will be monitoring water quality along the coast until results comply with state standards, the city said.

Long Beach has approximately 7 miles of public beaches. To protect the safety of the public, weekly water samples are collected and tested routinely to monitor bacterial levels, according to the city.

For the latest status on Long Beach recreational beach water quality, call the Water Hotline at 562-570-4199 or visit the city website.

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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