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Sewage Spill In Carlsbad Creates Pollution Alert At North County Lake

CARLSBAD — A pollution alert was in effect in the North County on Tuesday because a sewage spill fouled a Carlsbad lake, authorities said.

A broken water main underneath Lake Boulevard in Oceanside created a sinkhole that caused an adjacent sewage pipe to rupture and begin overflowing about 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health.

By the time sanitation crews got the spill under control about a half-hour later, roughly 8,400 gallons of wastewater had entered a creek that empties into Calavera Lake in northern Carlsbad.

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Signs warning of sewage contamination will stand at access points along the north and west portions of the lake until follow-up testing deems it safe again for recreational uses.