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Sewage spill closes stretch of Windansea Beach

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- A ruptured pipe sent an estimated 1,000 gallons of sewage into the ocean prompting authorities to close a stretch of Windansea Beach in La Jolla Thursday afternoon.

Sewage contaminated signs were posted for 2,000 feet of beach from Marine Street to Nautilus Street around 1 p.m.

The spill occurred Thursday morning at 102 Fern Glen in La Jolla, near Vista de la Playa at the Fern Glen Pump Station. The broken pipe runs adjacent to the beach.

Samples were being collected to determine water quality impacts. Beachgoers were advised to avoid water contact in the area.

Signs will remain in place until samples confirm the water is no longer impacted, according to county officials.