Editor's Note: The County of San Diego released the following announcement on Wednesday, Jan. 29. This article first posted on Patch at 4:07 p.m., Jan. 29.
The Department of Environmental Health has issued a water contact closure for the ocean shoreline at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park due to sewage-contaminated flows from the Tijuana River entering the United States.
This includes the beach-line from the south end of Seacoast Drive to the International Border. Tijuana River flow overwhelmed diversion pumps near the border due to a reservoir waterline break causing a mixture of reservoir water and sewage-impacted Tijuana River water to enter the United States and flow to the Tijuana Estuary, which empties to the Pacific Ocean.
The reservoir waterline break was been repaired but Tijuana River flow into the United States continues. Signs will be posted and will remain in place until sample results indicate the ocean water is safe for recreational use.
For updates on beach closure information please visit sdbeachinfo.com or call the 24-hour hotline at 619-338-2073.