MONTEREY (AP) — Several beaches along California’s Central Coast are closed after nearly five million gallons of sewage spilled into the ocean in Monterey County.
The county’s Environmental Health Department says the massive spill was stopped by 4:30 a.m. Saturday at the Monterey One Water wastewater treatment facility. Officials didn’t say when it started.READ MORE: Shortage Of Hydrogen Stations Leads To Fill-Up Frustrations For Drivers
The Monterey Herald reports the cause was failure of a bar screen, part of the sewage filtering system.READ MORE: Rare Winter Wildfire Along Coast Tears Through Monterey County, Closes Highway 1
At least eight beaches are closed in the area about 110 miles (160 km) south of San Francisco.
The newspaper was unable to contact Monterey One or state parks department officials for comment on Sunday.MORE NEWS: PG&E's Years-Long Criminal Probation To End Amid Ongoing Safety Worries
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