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Long Beach trying to stop sewage seepage

Long Beach will spend about $100,000 to stop raw sewage from bubbling up from under an intersection near the city’s West End.

City Manager Charles Theofan said the combination of reconstruction of the city’s New York Avenue lift station and an “archaic junction box” likely has led to the raw sewage seeping from under the intersection of West Park Avenue and Lindell Boulevard. Theofan described the problem as “very intermittent” and said he has regularly sent city trucks to clean the stinky mess when it has emerged during the past two or three months.

“When it happens we keep trying different settings, and we’re still not sure what causes it,” he said. “We keep doing everything we can until it stops.”

Theofan said the city plans to open bids to correct the problem and award a contract on an emergency basis Friday. He said he expects work to be completed within 10 days.

T.J. Whelan, whose family owns the Lindell Delicatessen & Grocery, which is about 100 yards from the sewage leak, said the problem is worse than Theofan described.

“I don’t think there’s been a day that there hasn’t been some sort of sewage and toilet paper out of that hole,” he said. “It’s been going on for a year. Their fix is to send the sweeper around and spray this mess around the area. You can’t have sewage popping through residential streets. I mean, think about it. It’s messy.”

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