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5,440-gallon sewage spill closes beach near Carlsbad

November 7, 2010 |  4:41 pm

A stretch of beach near Carlsbad in San Diego County has been closed after a burst pipe caused a sewage spill upstream, authorities said.

A break in a 6-inch pressurized line was discovered about 11:22 p.m. Saturday at the Meadowlark Water Reclamation Facility in San Marcos, causing an estimated 5,440 gallons of raw sewage to flow into San Marcos Creek and toward the ocean, according to officials with the Vallecitos Water District, which operates the facility.

The spill was stopped in just over an hour, officials said.

Officials posted signs warning of contamination at the outlet of Batiquitos Lagoon near South Carlsbad State Beach. The warnings will stay in place until testing shows the water is safe for swimming.

--Tony Barboza