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Two sewage spills caused by yesterday’s power outage have caused health officials to close a number of beaches across the county.

All beaches north of Scripps Pier through Del Mar and Solana Beach have been deemed unsafe after 3.2 million gallons of sewage spilled from the San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater System’s Pump Station 64 into the Los Penasquitos Lagoon.

A smaller spill at another pump station near I-5 and SR-54 dumped 120,000 gallons into the Sweetwater River, which flows into San Diego Bay. Resulting closures have been announced at Bayside Park in Chula Vista and the San Diego Bay area accessed via the Silver Strand.

Residents can call the city’s 24-hour hotline at (619) 338-2073 for updated information on beach closure notices.

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Dave Rice Sept. 10, 2011 @ 2:11 p.m.

Thanks to user flocculent for pointing out a typo in the hotline number (now corrected).


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