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San Diego beach closures due to Thursday's power outage

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Some San Diego area beaches remained closed Saturday, still polluted by two sewage spills triggered by Thursday's massive power outage.

Beaches from Solana Beach south through Del Mar to Scripps Pier, Bayside Park in Chula Vista and Silver Strand State Beach remained closed after the massive outage caused two of the city's sewer pump stations to shut down, causing spills, officials said.

About 1.9 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Los Penasquitos Lagoon, which empties into the sea at Torrey Pines State Park, south of Del Mar.

In Chula Vista, about 125,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Sweetwater Channel, west of Interstate 5 and State Route 54. That sent waste into San Diego Bay and closed Bayside Park in Chula Vista.

Across the bay, it tainted waters on the bay side of Silver Strand, south of Coronado, according to the Department of Environmental Health. The ocean side of Silver Strand not affected and remained open, the DEH said.

Signs were posted warning people to stay out of the water in the bay, and along the coast from La Jolla Shores to Solana Beach. Those orders will remain in effect throughout the weekend or until the areas have two days of clear water, whichever comes first, DEH officials said.

The outage first struck about 3:40 p.m. Thursday and power was restored to San Diego County in about 12 hours, San Diego Gas & Electric reported.

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