An estimated 6,200 gallons of sewage spilled near Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas Sunday, environmental health officials confirmed.
Officials said the spill was released from a blocked manhole at the intersection of Encinitas Boulevard and Vulcan Avenue at around 11:20 a.m.
The spill was stopped at 12:40 p.m., when crews from the City of Encinitas were able to remove the blockage.
According to information provided by the Hazardous Materials Division of the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health, the sewage flowed from the manhole into a storm drain that leads to Moonlight Beach.
As a result, a water contact closure is now in effect for Moonlight Beach.
Sewage contamination warning signs have been posted on the beach and will remain in place until water samples can be tested and confirm the water is safe for recreational use.
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