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7,500 gallons of sewage spills into Santa Margarita River

CAMP PENDLETON - An estimated 7,500 gallons of sewage spilled this morning at the intersection of Teamwork St. and Training Street on USMC Camp Pendleton.

The spill, which authorities said was caused by a blockage in a manhole, started at 7:30 a.m. and was brought under control at 9 a.m. when crews from the USMC Camp Pendleton facilities maintenance department removed the blockage.

None of the sewage was recovered so all 7,500 gallons of the sewage flowed into a storm drain that leads to the Santa Margarita River.

Signs warning of sewage contamination are posted at the Santa Margarita River outlet southwards to include the entire Camp Del Mar Beachline at Camp Pendleton and will remain in place until samples confirm the water is safe for recreational use.

For updates on beach closure information please call the 24-hr. hotline at (619) 338-2073 or visit


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