A large volume of potable water and sewage was released in the vicinity of Broad Street and Ramona Drive, due to a break in an 11-inch potable water main according to a press release by the Public Health Department.
Potable water entered a section of exposed and open sewer line currently under construction. A mixture of potable water and sewage overflowed from the sewer system and entered Garden Creek, a tributary of San Luis Obispo Creek.
At this point, the volume of water and sewage has not been determined but is in excess of 10,000 gallons.
The agency advises avoiding water contact in Garden Creek. Ocean water samples will be taken at the mouth of San Luis Creek. The beach area near the mouth of San Luis Creek will be posted with closure signs until test results indicate water quality is not impacted.
Broad St. is closed from Ramona to Murray Ave.
Officials say city crews are currently on site and will be working overnight to repair the water line.
People are asked to avoid the area and take the provided detours.