Four miles of Orange County beaches remain closed today, but with rain forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, officials expect 12 miles of coastline will remain off limits to surfers and swimmers for the next few days.
Orange County officials declared Main Beach and Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach closed as well as Doheny Beach in Dana Point, according to Larry Honeybourne of the Environmental Health Division of the Orange County Health Care Agency.
Last week, county officials had 12 miles of beaches closed in south county. But, while the other eight miles are technically open to surfers and swimmers, health officials recommend staying away, Honeybourne said.
The water’s cold, but many surfers enjoy hitting the waves because the sets typically are good after a winter storm, but it isn’t worth risking your health to brave the dirty water, Honeybourne said.
Meanwhile, Huntington Beach Public Works officials responded to a sewage leak that spilled about 2,000 gallons of sewage at Whitney Drive and Cascade Lane about 9 a.m. today.
Two 40,000-pound vacuum trucks taking in the spilled sewage drooped about three feet into a sinkhole on Cascade Lane about two hours after the leak, said Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Lopez.
Workers re-routed the sewage to another sewer line and diverted the water in a flood-control channel to a sanitation district plant, so the contaminated water would not reach the beach, Lopez said.
The leak has been stopped, but it was not known how long it will take to repair the sewer line, Lopez said.