Several beaches in Long Beach and Los Angeles were forced to close Friday after nearly 4 million gallons of sewage spilled in the Dominguez Channel.
The massive spill was the result of a failure of the 48-inch sewer main in Carson, California, on Thursday, the city of Long Beach said.
The beaches will not open until testing shows the water to be at safe bacteria levels, according to a report, and all swimming beaches have been closed in Long Beach, according to officials.
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"For their safety, the community is encouraged to pay close attention to any warning signs posted at the beach," a statement from the city read.
This is not the first environmental crisis for the Dominguez Channel in 2021, and several tourists have said they are "bummed out" due to the closures, according to a report.
"You come all this way and you don't get to play in the sand or the ocean? That doesn't seem fair," said Sandi Williams of Massachusetts. "We were so looking forward to this change in scenery, but like everywhere, there's catastrophe."
Her son, Steve Williams, echoed his mother.
"Now I can stay up late and do the countdown." Though, he said, "I would rather be in the water and take a picture of that."
A friend of the Williams family, Sara Patel, said she has lived in the area for decades and likes to take visitors to the beaches and other photogenic areas.
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"People come to SoCal for the beaches," she said. "I feel as a host we need to find a way to provide that. Maybe we'll go to San Diego."