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250-gallon sewage spill closes OC beach

Posted: September 21, 2013 2:07 p.m.
Updated: September 21, 2013 2:07 p.m.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Orange County health officials are warning people to stay away from a section of Newport Beach's coastline after 250 gallons of sewage spilled into its waters.

The Health Care Agency's Larry Honeybourne says Cameo Shores Beach has been closed since Friday's spill and will remain so until midday Sunday at the earliest.

A blocked sewage line leaked 1,000 gallons of sewage out of a manhole into the storm drain, Honeybourne says. Health officials were able to clean up all but 250 gallons that entered the ocean. The beach will reopen once the waters are tested and deemed to meet state standards.

Swimmers are also being warned to avoid two sections of beach in Dana Point and another in Laguna Beach because bacterial levels exceed state standards.


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