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SAN DIEGO -- The massive blackout Thursday is being blamed for a huge sewage spill, which has extensively contaminated beaches in San Diego.
The County of San Diego said that the loss of power caused an estimated 3.2 million gallons of sewage to spill from the San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater System, Pump Station 64, at 10745 Roselle St. in San Diego into the Los Penasquitos Lagoon.
The spill was discovered at 5:50 pm Thursday, and at this time is continuing. City of San Diego crews are working to control the release.
As a result, all beaches north of Scripps Pier through Del Mar and Solana Beach will have signs warning of contamination posted at major beach access points.
An additional sewage spill occurred at Pump Station 1 near Interstate 5 and Highway 54 in South County, resulting in a release of an estimated 120,000 gallons of sewage. This spill flowed into the Sweetwater River, which flows into the San Diego Bay. Signs warning of contamination will be posted at Bayside Park in Chula Vista and the San Diego Bay area accessed from Silver Strand.