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UPDATE: Only 50 gallons reached creek in 1,000 gallon sewage spill

The Avila Beach Pier.
The Avila Beach Pier. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

UPDATE: San Luis Obispo public works officials said Monday that the spill occurred from a private sewer line at 1585 Calle San Joaquin, and that the owner called a plumber for repairs.

While the total spill was estimated at 1,000 gallons, about 50 gallons reached Froom Creek, which was not flowing, said city officials.

ORIGINAL: Raw sewage spilled into a San Luis Obispo creek Friday due to a blocked sewer line, and that in turned caused closures at Avila Beach and Port San Luis.

According to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department, the spill was reported at 4:20 p.m. by city officials. They discovered that a blocked sewer lateral near 1585 Calle Joaquin Road caused the spill. Approximately 1,000 gallons of raw sewage got into Froom Creek.

County Public Health workers responded and confirmed that the spill had ended. City crews began making repairs to the sewer line. Signs went up warning the public to stay out of the ocean at Avila Beach and Port San Luis. People were also advised to stay out of Froom and San Luis creeks in the area of Calle San Joaquin and Highway 101, as well as San Luis Creek all the way to its mouth at Avila Beach.

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