Some area beaches still closed after power outage

City News Service

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, as well as Bayside Park in Chula Vista and the eastern shore of Silver Strand State Beach in San Diego Bay, 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, on La Jolla’s northern edge.

In Chula Vista, about 125,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Sweetwater Channel, west of Interstate 5 and State Route 54. That sent wast 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 beach officials. The ocean side of Silver Strand not affected and remained open, a state parks ranger 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 until the areas have two days of clear water, 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.