Sewage spill closes beach

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ENCINITAS, Calif. – About 6,200 gallons of sewage poured from a blocked manhole on an Encinitas street Sunday and flowed into a storm drain that leads to Moonlight Beach, which was closed, city officials said.

The spill was initially estimated at between 200 and 400 gallons and was reported at 11:20 a.m. at the intersection of Encinitas Boulevard and Vulcan Street, the city’s Shawn Atherton said.

City officials estimated that 6,200 gallons of sewage poured from the manhole before it was stopped at 12:40 p.m., when crews removed the blockage.

However, the sewage that was released flowed into a storm drain that led to nearby Moonlight Beach, which prompted officials to close the beach to recreation involving water contact, Atherton said.

Signs warning of the contamination were posted on the beach and were to remain in place until samples confirmed the water was safe for recreational use.