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San Diego Storm | Heavy rain and sewage spills prompt beach, bay, pier closures

Dept. of Environmental Health and Quality extends the General Rain Advisory for all coastal beaches and bays. Beachgoers are advised that rain brings urban runoff.

SAN DIEGO — Several beaches and bodies of water, including San Diego Bay, remain closed Tuesday due to sewage spills, according to the county's Department of Environmental Health and Quality.

DEHQ also extended the General Rain Advisory for all coastal beaches and bays. Beachgoers are advised that rain brings urban runoff, which can cause bacteria levels to rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoon outlets, and may cause illness. Water contact such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided during rain and for 72 hours following the rain event.

Additionally, continued orders remain in place for Children's Pool in La Jolla and Tourmaline Surf Park in Pacific Beach, which have an advisory due to high bacteria levels, and Tijuana Slough, Imperial Beach, Silver Strand and Coronado Shorelines, which are closed due to Tijuana River sewage outflow.

The new beach management actions were announced late Monday, and include the closures of Sweetwater Regional Park's Morrison Pond, South Ponto State Beach and San Diego Bay "including all water north and west of Chollas Creek, up to Shelter Island."

The public is advised that the water contains sewage and may cause illness.

The water contact closure will remain in place until sampling and field observations confirm these areas are safe for water contact.

For updates on beach advisory and closure information visit www.sdbeachinfo.com or call the 24-hour hotline at 619-338-2073.

Storm Resource Information

  • The Get it Done app can help you report blocked storm drains, potholes and broken street lights 

  • Sign up for Alert San Diego notifications for all your telephone numbers 

  • Report flooding to the City's emergency dispatch center at 619-527-7500 

  • Report downed electrical lines or gas emergencies to San Diego Gas & Electric at 800-411-7343 

  • ReadySanDiego.org has information on how to protect yourself and your property during a flooding situation 

For more information on preparing for a storm and what to do during and after the rain, click here to be taken to the City of San Diego’s Storm Preparedness website. 

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