LA Beaches Closed After 17-Million-Gallon Sewage Spill

Warning: Do not read over breakfast.

Around four miles of LA County beaches were closed this week after 17 million gallons of sewage from a treatment plant spilled into the Santa Monica Bay. (That's poo poo, y'all.)

The spill occurred Sunday afternoon. The Hyperion Water Reclamation plant in Playa del Rey says it "became inundated with overwhelming quantities of debris, causing backup of the headworks facilities." Initially, a power outage was blamed. The incident is now being chalked up to “mechanical failure.”

Hyperion is LA County’s largest and oldest water treatment plant. According to the plant,  6% of its daily load was released over an eight-hour period. Beaches from El Segundo to the Dockweiler RV Park were affected.

Think we'll throw up now.