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The Latest: Million-gallon California sewage spill stopped

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a sewage spill that closed Southern California beaches (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

Authorities have reopened about six miles of Orange County beaches and ocean bay water areas closed by a 1.4-million-gallon sewage spill.

The city of Laguna Beach says wastewater began leaking from a broken valve on a 24-inch city sewage pipe near a wilderness park on Wednesday.

The valve was replaced shortly after noon Friday.

The city reduced its initial estimate of the spill from 4 million to about 1.4 million gallons.

County health officials closed more than 16 miles of beaches and bay water areas from Newport Beach to the San Clemente border.

About six miles were later reopened but several miles will remain closed until results of water quality tests meet state standards.

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2:41

A spill of approximately 4 million gallons (15 million liters) of raw sewage has forced health officials to close more than 16 miles (26 kilometers) of ocean and bay water areas in Orange County.

The Los Angeles Times reports Friday the spill was caused by a broken force main at the Ben Brown Golf Course in Laguna Beach. The broken main was first reported Wednesday afternoon.

The ocean and bay water areas are closed from Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach to Poche Beach at the Dana Point and San Clemente border in Orange County.

The affected areas will be closed until the water quality reaches state standards. Exposure to untreated sewage can result in serious illnesses.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times,

State & Regional News

The Associated Press

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