Landslide Spills Thousands of Gallons of Sewage into Mission Bay

County health officials advise the public to avoid contact with water along east Mission Bay due to a sewage spill

Tens of thousands of gallons of sewage spilled after a landslide Sunday, closing public access to the eastern shore of Mission Bay.

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health closed East Mission Bay and Tecolote Canyon Sunday after a 108,000 gallon sewage spill.

A landslide forced a main sewer line to break in the canyon adjacent to Mt. Ashmun Drive. The sewage reportedly entered Tecolote Creek and flowed through Tecolote Golf Course before entering east Mission Bay just north of the Fiesta Island land bridge.

The spill was stopped by 6 p.m., but Tecolote Creek south of Mt. Ashmun Drive and east Mission Bay from the Fiesta Island land bridge north to the Visitors’ Center at Clairemont Drive have been closed to water contact.

Crews collected water samples from Tecolote Creek and Eats Mission Bay to determine the extent of the damage caused by the sewage.

Signs have been posted along Tecolote Creek and affected east Mission Bay beaches and will remain in place until samples confirm the water is safe.

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