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Sewage Spill Closes Dog Beach

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Aired 6/29/09

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health has closed a section of Ocean Beach due to a sewage spill.

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health has closed a section of Ocean Beach due to a sewage spill.

Environmental Health Department officials closed Dog Beach in OB because of a nearly 15,000-gallon sewage spill.

The agency says the sewage spill happened Sunday night at the intersection of Del Cero Avenue and Airoso Avenue in the Adobe Falls area of San Diego.

Mark McPherson with the health department says the sewage spill was caused by debris blockage in a manhole.

He says city crews removed the debris but not until about 15,000 gallons of sewage flowed into a storm drain that leads to the San Diego River.

"Signs have been posted at Dog Beach to prevent people from going into the water," McPherson says.

McPherson says the county has tested the water and will test the water again before Dog Beach would be reopened to the public.

He says the earliest the area would be reopened would be Wednesday.

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