Due to a raw sewage spill, Los Angeles County health officials closed portions of Venice Beach, Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey and Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades, Tuesday, February 6th.

All three areas were expected to be closed until at least Thursday afternoon, February 8th.

Venice Beach was closed from the Marina del Rey channel entrance to the ocean to one-fourth of a mile north of the channel.

Dockweiler State Beach was closed from Ballona Creek to one-fourth of a mile south of Ballona Creek.

Will Rogers State Beach was closed 100 yards on both sides of the point of discharge to the ocean of Santa Monica Canyon Creek.

“Los Angeles County residents and visitors to these beach areas should avoid contact with the ocean water near the point of discharge until these portions have been deemed safe to reopen,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County public health director and county health officer. “We will be conducting water quality assessments to test the level of bacteria in the water.

“The beaches will remain closed until test results indicate that bacteria levels meet health safety standards.”

Culver City Public Works responded to discharges leading to Ballona Creek, Venice Beach and Dockweiler State Beach at 3 p.m., completed cleanup work at 4 p.m. and notified Public Health at 4:27 p.m. Tuesday.

Los Angeles City Sanitation responded to the Will Rogers State Beach discharge at 12:03 p.m. Tuesday and completed cleanup work at 12:40 p.m.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health was notified at 3:30 p.m.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available online at www.lapublichealth .org/beach or around the clock on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Ocean Water Quality Hotline at (800) 525-5662.

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