O.C. beaches reopen after major sewage spill
A three-mile stretch of Orange County beaches have reopened after being closed for six days because of a major sewage spill.
Orange County health officials instructed lifeguards Monday afternoon to remove signs and allow beach-goers back into the water from the breakwater at Dana Point Harbor to Capistrano Bay Community Beach.
The decision was made after water quality tests met state standards on Saturday and Sunday, officials said.
An underground waste water pipeline in Rancho Santa Margarita ruptured Tuesday afternoon, sending an estimated 500,000 gallons of raw sewage gushing into a creek that empties into the ocean at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. The spill was one of the largest to reach Southern California waters in several years.The cracked pipe was repaired by late Friday, Santa Margarita Water District officials said.
-- Tony Barboza