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Sewage Spills Close Stretches of Beach

March 07, 2000

LAGUNA BEACH — A stretch of sand in Laguna Beach remained closed to surfers and swimmers Monday after a spill Sunday that released 1,200 gallons of sewage into the water.

County health officials closed 2,000 feet of Bluebird Canyon Beach from Cress to Diamond streets as a result of the spill, caused by roots that blocked a main line on Rim Rock Road, said Lloy Thompson, senior sewer service supervisor.

The spill was reported at 2 p.m. Sunday and was ended by 3 p.m., Thompson said.

Although Laguna Beach received nearly an inch of rain Sunday, city workers say the incident was not storm-related.

The beach closure was the fifth this year in Laguna Beach to be caused by sewage spills, said Monica Mazur, a county Health Agency spokeswoman.

Down the coast at Doheny State Beach, another 2,000 feet of shoreline remained closed Monday because of a sewage spill last week, Mazur said.

That spill, also caused by a line blockage, sent 500 gallons of raw sewage into Oso Creek. It occurred Thursday morning at Navalosa and Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo.

The beaches will remain closed until bacteria levels meet health standards, Mazur said.

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