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6,600 gallon sewage spill closes popular beach

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- A root-clogged pipeline has forced 6,600 gallons of sewage onto the sand and into the ocean waters of a popular Santa Barbara beach.

Authorities indefinitely closed Leadbetter Beach on Monday.

The Santa Barbara News-Press (http://bit.ly/WGYi26 ) says untreated sewage began flowing Sunday afternoon from a manhole cover near the beach. A resident reported the spill on Monday.

By the time city crews cleared roots from the clogged line, thousands of gallons of sewage had flowed to the beach.

Warning signs are posted telling visitors to stay out of the water until tests determine the water is safe for recreational use.


Information from: Santa Barbara News-Press, http://www.newspress.com

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