Environment

Avila Beach reopens after being partially closed because of sewage spill

The map shows San Luis Obispo County beach closures and health advisories as of Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Avila Beach remained closed between the pier and San Luis Obispo Creek because of a sewage spill.
The map shows San Luis Obispo County beach closures and health advisories as of Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Avila Beach remained closed between the pier and San Luis Obispo Creek because of a sewage spill.

Update, 6:40 p.m.

Avila Beach has reopened after being partially closed because of a sewage spill that affected nearby San Luis Obispo Creek.

The beach had been closed between the pier and the creek after 36,000 gallons of sewage spilled from sewer lines in SLO on Sunday and ended up in Garden Creek, according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department.

Garden Creek flows into San Luis Obispo Creek, and that stretch of bear near the creek was closed until late Friday afternoon, according to the health department’s Environmental Health Services unit.

Several other health advisories for local beaches that tested high for bacteria levels also have been lifted. Those beaches were Morro Bay City Beach (south side of Morro Bay Creek and Atascadero Avenue), Cayucos Beach (near Studio Drive) and Olde Port Beach (west of restrooms).

Original story:

A portion of Avila Beach remained closed Friday because of a sewage spill that happened Sunday, according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department.

About 36,000 gallons of sewage spilled from sewer lines on Broad Street in San Luis Obispo on Sunday and ended up in Garden Creek, according to the department. That creek flows into San Luis Obispo Creek, which ends up at Avila Beach, and that prompted the closure, the department said.

Sunday’s spill was caused by storm water infiltrating the sewer line after heavy rains, the department said.

The department’s Environmental Health Services unit said the closure is in place between the pier and the creek.

After the spill Sunday, the department advised people to avoid swimming in creeks and the ocean for at least three days following the storms because they could come in contact with disease-causing organisms.

The county also has issued health advisories for several other San Luis Obispo County beaches because of heightened bacteria levels.

Those beaches are Morro Bay City Beach (south side of Morro Bay Creek and Atascadero Avenue), Cayucos Beach (near Studio Drive) and Olde Port Beach (west of restrooms).

Mark Powell: 805-781-7915

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