County Awaits Test Results to Reopen Beaches

The closure includes the popular Dog Beach in Ocean Beach and parts of South Mission Beach

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    There is an important alert for people living in Mission Beach and Ocean Beach. Dog Beach and South Mission are shut down because of a potentially dangerous raw sewage spill. As NBC 7’s Megan Tevrizian explains, going in the water could lead to some serious health problems (Published Monday, Dec. 2, 2013)

    County health officials are waiting for a second round of test results before reopening a section of San Diego’s coastline closed by a large sewage spill.

    The closure includes the popular Dog Beach in Ocean Beach and parts of South Mission Beach.

    Signs Close OB's Dog Beach

    [DGO] Signs Close OB's Dog Beach
    Video from the Dog Beach in Ocean Beach that's been closed due to a sewage spill. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013)

    San Diego lifeguards posted signs Sunday warning swimmers, surfers and others about the contamination caused by a nearly 22,000 gallon sewage spill.

    According to the water department, it was caused when two sections of a pipe were offset by roots.

    Bacterial results from samples taken Monday were below AB 411 standards - in other words it appears unlikely the spill reached beyond the Stadium Way Bridge.

    However, County Environmental Health officials said they will likely want o see results from a second round of samples taken Tuesday before they'll reopen beaches.

    Results will be available Wednesday afternoon.

    The spill started near Interstate 15 and the San Diego River, officials said. A citizen spotted the spill and reported it.

    Soon after, the County Health Department ordered parts of Ocean Beach and South Mission Beach closed.

    The boundaries include north and south of Mission Bay channels, the northern end of Ocean Beach and the area near South Mission Beach Jetty.

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