IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. -- The mayor of Imperial Beach called for a federal investigation into a recent sewage spill in Mexico estimated to have released more than 140 million gallons of sewage into the Tijuana River.
"I think there was a planned, deliberate release. There was something that broke down and rather than fixing it and notifying us -- it took 17 days of sewage spill and then they notified us when it was over," said Dedina.
Sewage runoff from the Tijuana River is typical during a storm. Dedina said Monday there's a big difference between runoff and the spill believed to have put a foul odor through the city that residents complained of for days.
"We don't know what happened. We're going to wait and find out -- which is why we're asking for a federal investigation," said Dedina.