Major Sewage Spill Closes Beaches

1,500 gallons of sewage spews into ocean

By Michelle Wayland
|  Thursday, Dec 29, 2011  |  Updated 5:39 PM PDT
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Major Sewage Spill Closes Beaches

Beaches near the San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas are closed after a major sewage spill.
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Beaches near the San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas are closed after a major sewage spill.

About 1,500 gallons of sewage spewed into the ocean from a pump station on Manchester Avenue and Via Poco, according to authorities.

The spill was discovered at about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to county officials.

Warning signs will be posted on the beaches on either side of the spill.

This spill is coming on a day when forecasters expect high temperatures and it's a vacation week for a lot of people.

Surfers are being advised to stay out of the water.
 

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