Los Angeles Times

Sewage spill shuts Dana Point beach

4,000 gallons of effluent came from a main sewer line in San Juan Capistrano.

- By Nathan Solis

Health officials have closed access to parts of Doheny State Beach after roughly 4,000 gallons of sewage spilled onto the beach in Dana Point on Wednesday.

The spill came from a main city sewer line in San Juan Capistrano, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. The closure extends 3,000 feet around the spill site at the mouth of San Juan Creek at the beach in Dana Point, according to officials.

The area will remain closed to swimming, surfing and diving until follow-up tests show the water meets acceptable standards.

Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley’s office is monitoring the situation and asked the community to stay clear of the area. After the recent rainfall, landslides closed a section of Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point and an area behind four apartment buildings in San Clemente, Foley said.

“We remain ready to mobilize our resources to make our waters safe for our communitie­s and wildlife,” she said.

For informatio­n regarding Orange County’s ocean, bay or harbor closures, call (714) 433-6400.

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