Los Angeles County health officials have reopened portions of Will Rogers and Santa Monica beaches that were closed after a raw sewage spill into Santa Monica Canyon Creek Friday, January 19th.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reopened the previously closed portions of the beaches in the early evening Monday, January 22nd, following extensive water tests that determined bacteria levels in the surrounding ocean to be safe, health officials said.

“Our first priority is the health and safety of Los Angeles County residents and visitors to our area beaches,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, public health director and county health officer. “It was not until extensive water quality assessments were completed to indicate that bacteria levels met health safety standards that we determined it was safe to reopen the sites.”

County health officials said approximately 10,000 gallons of raw sewage went into Santa Monica Canyon Creek after a sewer pipe ruptured.

Beaches were closed for one-half mile on both sides of the point of discharge to the ocean from Santa Monica Canyon Creek.

Signs were posted on the beaches informing residents and visitors to the area to avoid contact with the ocean water until the beaches were deemed safe to reopen.

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