Good morning, L.A.It’s Jan. 5.

After a sewer collapsed in the city of Carson,8.5 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the area, affecting residents’ homes, cars and property.

“The smell was all in my house,” said Najah Najiy, who lives in the area and was heading home from a Kwanzaa celebration when she noticed the odor. “Can you imagine that?Poop smell all in my house.”

The spill, which was the largest recorded in the L.A. County Sanitation Districts’ history,was reported at 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 at the intersection of 212th St. and Moneta St. (Carson is located between Compton and Long Beach). Despite authorities’ attempts to stop it, untreated sewage continued to flow for over 24 hours. Some made its way to a nearby storm drain that leads to the Dominguez Channel and L.A. Harbor. Several beaches were closed in response.

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Cesar Casillas, who lives on 212th St., told my colleague Elly Yu that he first thought the spillage was rainwater. Then he started sniffing.

“It was horrendous,” he said. “You got that distinct odor of raw sewage. I thought, Oh no. This is not good …you could see actual baby wipes, toilet paper, feces.”

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The county’s sanitation department has been washing residents’ driveways, and will replace landscaping and wash their cars as well. Spokesperson Bryan Langpap said officials have gone door-to-door with offers of help and claim forms for reimbursements.

In their initial announcement about the spill, county officials wrote, “currently, there is no threat to public health and propertyaside from the spilled sewage.”[emphasis mine]

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