- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a Los Angeles sewage spill (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Officials say they’ve stopped the overflow of sewage from a broken pipe but not before up to 1.5 million gallons flowed into the Los Angeles River and on to the ocean.

Beaches in Seal Beach and Long Beach remain closed to swimmers Tuesday until health officials can complete testing to determine if the waters are safe. Authorities say it could be another day or two before the all-clear is given.

The spill began Monday afternoon in Los Angeles when the top of a buried sewer pipe built in 1929 collapsed, causing a blockade that created a spill. The raw sewage traveled about 20 miles south along the river to the ocean.

Authorities say 2.4 million gallons spilled but crews captured or diverted up to 1 million gallons. A bypass system is being built to divert sewage around the break so repairs and cleanup can get underway.

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7:30 a.m.

Officials say as much as 1.5 million gallons of sewage spewed from a burst pipe near downtown Los Angeles, leading to the closure of ocean waters downriver in Long Beach.

Nelson Kerr with the Long Beach health department says officials are testing ocean water Tuesday at the mouth of the Los Angeles River, about 20 miles south of the spill site.

Officials originally estimated that about 100,000 gallons had spilled starting Monday afternoon. The top of a sewer pipe collapsed, sending debris into it and forcing it to overflow and spill.

The spill was stopped by about 11 p.m.

Kerr says beaches will likely be closed through at least Thursday.

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6 a.m.

Beaches in Long Beach are closed after sewage spilled near downtown Los Angeles and flowed down the LA River to the ocean.

Officials estimate that more than 100,000 gallons of sewage reached Long Beach Monday afternoon. Its ocean water is off limits Tuesday and will remain closed until testing shows it’s safe.

LA city officials say the top of a sewer pipe collapsed, sending debris into it and forcing it to overflow and spill.

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