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Jan 12, 2010 6:23 PM by Stacy Daniel

Sewer spill in San Luis Obispo prompts health advisory in Avila Beach

A thousand gallons of raw sewage spills in San Luis Obispo County, forcing officials to post health advisories warning residents of the danger.
The spill was reported at 1:00 A.M., Tuesday morning. Officials say, sewage was coming up out of a manhole on California Boulevard, in San Luis Obispo.
The spill was caused by a blocked sewer line on California Boulevard. But, the effects of that blockage can still be seen from miles away.
Environmental health officers have posted signs warning beachgoers in Avila to stay out of the water. You may be wondering how a spill in San Luis Obispo could affect the water quality in Avila Beach. According to the San Luis Obispo County Department of Environmental Heath, raw sewage overflowed from a manhole on California Boulevard, entered into a storm and poured into Stenner Creek. Stenner Creek connects with San Luis Creek which flows to Avila Beach.
Ninety percent of the estimated 1,000 gallons that spilled was recovered and the downtown portion of San Luis Creek was not affected.
The San Luis Obispo Utilities Department placed sand bags around the release points and vacuumed the sewage from the storm drains.
Officials with the Environmental Health Department say they have completed their clean-up but they continue to warn people to stay away from the contaminated areas until the sites are given the all clear.


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