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Deadly Pineapple Express storm caused a staggering EIGHT MILLION GALLONS of raw SEWAGE to spill in Los Angeles streets and nearly 500 mudslides: San Diego faces more rain in coming days

The deadly Pineapple Express storm in California has caused a shocking eight million gallons of raw sewage to spill on to Los Angeles streets and triggered more than  500 mudslides. 

Heavy rain has battered the state with half of the rainfall typically seen in a year falling over several days.

The atmospheric river – a weather pattern made from plumes of moisture that can produce torrential amounts of rain- has killed at least nine people, washed away dozens of homes and led to an enormous sewage spill in Los Angeles County. 

Health officials have warned residents in the area to stay away from coastal waters as eight million gallons of sewage spilled into the Dominguez Channel. Raw sewage can lead to a host of diseases including Hepatitis A, E. Coli and dysentery. 

Sanitation crews in the area have struggled to contain the sewage, which has flowed down major streets and into storm drainage systems. 

The deadly Pineapple Express storm in California has caused a shocking eight million gallons of raw sewage to spill on to Los Angeles streets and triggered more than 500 mudslides

Heavy rain has battered the state with half of the rainfall typically seen in a year falling over several days

Heavy rain has battered the state with half of the rainfall typically seen in a year falling over several days

The atmospheric river ¿ a weather pattern made from plumes of moisture that can produce torrential amounts of rain- has killed at least nine people, washed away dozens of homes and led to an enormous sewage spill in Los Angeles county

The atmospheric river – a weather pattern made from plumes of moisture that can produce torrential amounts of rain- has killed at least nine people, washed away dozens of homes and led to an enormous sewage spill in Los Angeles county

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A major sewage spill happened in Rancho Dominguez, which is 10 miles north of Long Beach, on Monday and spewed millions of gallons of waste out of manholes. 

‘The problem has been an extremely unusual amount of rainwater leaking into the county sewer system causing more flow than some sewer pipelines can handle,’ LA County Sanitation District spokesman Bryan Langpap told the Los Angeles Times.

Just a day later, more sewage escaped manholes around 20 miles downtown of Los Angeles and the solid waste went into the Dominguez Channel and Compton Creek. 

A warning was then sent out by public health officials for people to avoid beaches in the area. 

Around seven million Americans become ill from exposure to raw sewage every single year and seven percent of cases are fatal or severe.

Waste can lead to a host of diseases as it can carry viruses, bacteria and parasites.

The water close to Cabrillo Beach is being tested for bacteria that can survive in saltwater for up to three days and can cause diarrhea and other health issues.

‘Water contact during a rain advisory may cause illness, especially in children, the elderly and susceptible people,’ public health officials said. 

‘Bacteria levels may take 72 hours or more to return to normal after heavy rainfall.

‘At all times, beach users are cautioned to avoid water contact near flowing creeks and storm drains.’

On Wednesday afternoon, around 2.5 million people in Los Angeles, including Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills, were still under a flash flood warning. 

Health officials have warned residents in the area to stay away from coastal waters as eight million gallons of sewage spilled into the Dominguez Channel

Health officials have warned residents in the area to stay away from coastal waters as eight million gallons of sewage spilled into the Dominguez Channel

Sanitation crews near the Dominguez Channel have struggled to contain the sewage, which has flowed down major streets and into storm drainage systems

Sanitation crews near the Dominguez Channel have struggled to contain the sewage, which has flowed down major streets and into storm drainage systems

On Wednesday afternoon, around 2.5 million people in Los Angeles, including Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills, were still under a flash flood warning

On Wednesday afternoon, around 2.5 million people in Los Angeles, including Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills, were still under a flash flood warning

The storm, fueled by the second of back-to-back atmospheric rivers to hit California in days, came ashore last weekend in the state’s north before it moved down the coast and parked itself over the south for days.

It has turned roads into rivers, causing hundreds of landslides and killing at least nine people.

The storm dumped more than a foot of rain in some areas, making it one of the wettest periods on record for Southern California.

One final drenching was expected Wednesday before the system gave way to fair weather for most of the state by the weekend. But even after the rain, authorities warned of the ongoing threat of collapsing hillsides.

After all of the rain and snow of the past week, it wouldn´t take much for more water, mud and boulders to sluice down fragile hillsides, experts said. 

There have been at least 520 mudslides in Los Angeles alone.

The system dumped heavy rain and mountain snow in San Diego County overnight before giving way to scattered showers. Winter storm warnings and advisories continued in Southern California mountains and to the north in the Sierra Nevada.

It has turned roads into rivers, causing hundreds of landslides and killing at least nine people

It has turned roads into rivers, causing hundreds of landslides and killing at least nine people

The storm dumped more than a foot of rain in some areas, making it one of the wettest periods on record for the Southern California

The storm dumped more than a foot of rain in some areas, making it one of the wettest periods on record for the Southern California

Around 430 trees fell in Los Angeles alone, the city said, and work crews have struggled to deal with the storm's aftermath

Around 430 trees fell in Los Angeles alone, the city said, and work crews have struggled to deal with the storm’s aftermath

There have been at least 520 mudslides in Los Angeles alone

There have been at least 520 mudslides in Los Angeles alone

Around 430 trees fell in Los Angeles alone, the city said, and work crews have struggled to deal with the storm’s aftermath.

Electrical outages on Wednesday had been substantially reduced from their peak levels, but there were still more than 71,000 customers without power, mostly in northern and central parts of the state, according to Poweroutage.us.

People were urged to avoid touching downed lines and to steer clear of roads that are at-risk of flooding and mud. During the storm, at least 50 stranded motorists in Los Angeles were rescued from fast-moving swollen creeks, rivers, roads and storm channels, fire officials said.

Four of the nine people killed by the storm were hit by falling trees or limbs, according to Brian Ferguson, a spokesperson for the Governor´s Office of Emergency Services. 

Another died when power failed and she lost her oxygen supply, one drowned in the Tijuana River near the U.S.-Mexico border and three died in vehicle crashes, he said.

Atmospheric rivers also pummeled the state last year and caused at least 20 deaths. 

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