In photos: Cleanup crews working on California beaches, more than 1 week on from oil spill

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Oil spill cleanup workers search for contaminated sand and seaweed on a mostly empty Huntington Beach in California on Oct. 9, more than one weel on from the oil spill. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A Southern California coastal area closed since one of the largest oil spills in the state’s recent history struck over a week ago will reopen Monday, as cleanup efforts continue.

Details: Tests detected no oil associated toxins in the ocean water at city and state beaches in the Huntington Beach area, per a statement from Huntington city and California State Parks. The statement warned people not to touch “oiled materials and tar balls” they expect to wash up on the beach.

  • Officials also urged beachgoers in the statement to “avoid areas where an oil smell is present.”
  • Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said in a statement that the officials would “continue to monitor the water quality” after the beaches reopened.

The big picture: Orange County supervisor Katrina Foley told the Los Angeles Times Sunday over 1,400 cleanup workers had found “14 barrels of tar balls and another quarter-million pounds of oily sand and debris” since the spill was confirmed on Oct. 2.

  • Foley tweeted Saturday that officials had confirmed that a ship’s anchor “indeed moved the pipeline 105ft months ago — maybe even a year ago.”
In photos: California cleanup efforts, 1 week after spill
Cleanup crews work around beachgoers on Huntington Beach on Oct. 9. Several beaches were still partially or fully closed as crews worked in Orange and San Diego counties on Oct. 10, KNBC noted. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
A sign Huntington Beach on Oct. 9. The spill contaminated several popular beaches and devastated wildlife. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
People walk with a dog as cleanup workers comb Huntington Beach on Oct. 9. California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week declared a state of emergency in response to the spill. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Cleanup workers combing Huntington Beach for any signs of oil on Oct. 9. “More than 7,500 people had offered to volunteer” with the cleanup, the L.A. Times notes. From those, 200 were selected. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
People play football as cleanup workers search for contaminated sand and seaweed on Oct. 9 in Huntington Beach. While people have been allowed on the beach, the ocean had been off limits since the spill was detected. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include details of the reopening announcement.

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