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Sewage Spill Contaminates Oceanside Shoreline

A spill of roughly 180,000 gallons of sewage in an Oceanside neighborhood fouled a stretch of ocean shoreline several miles away Tuesday, authorities reported.

A broken sanitation pipeline began sending wastewater overflowing on Haymar Drive about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health.

Until crews got the problem under control roughly 90 minutes later, sewage flowed into Buena Vista Creek, which leads to Buena Vista Lagoon.

Signs warning of pollution hazards will stand 1,000 feet north and south of the estuary's ocean outlet until following samples determine that the beach in the area is safe again for recreational uses.

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