PCH Still closed because of too much shit…

Not something that you want to read about over the breakfast coffee but you can’t ignore 20,000 plus gallons of raw sewage spilling across PCH in Laguna Beach. The spill happened yesterday afternoon and forced the closure of the road. According to the Register there was at one point, fifty gallons a minute of raw sewage flowing onto the street due to the failure of a “a broken clamp around an air-relief valve”. Hm, looks like a sphincter gave.

“We have opened up our emergency operations center and are calling in extra staff to deal with it from all departments,” Kravetz said.

William Holoman, senior water-quality analyst with the city of Laguna Beach said about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage at Diamond Street and South Coast Highway was first spotted around 3:30 p.m., flowing about 50 gallons a minute. Exactly how many gallons of raw sewage had flowed into the street by late Thursday was still unclear, Kravetz said.

The spill appeared to have been caused by a broken clamp around an air-relief valve along the North Coast Interceptor, the main sewer line that transports raw sewage from central Laguna Beach to a treatment plant in Laguna Canyon, City Manager Ken Frank said in a news release.

Some sewage flowed through storm drains to beaches, closing all beaches from Cress Street to Rockledge Road for at least 24 hours, including Agate and Woods Cove beaches, Holoman said.

OC Register

I guess this is one of those spills they can’t cover up or ignore. And sadly it’s still keeping PCH closed, the spill was going to be cleaned up by last night but it’s far worse then they could have imagined and the complications keep piling up. Avoiding the area would be my advice. The photos at the Times are disturbing to say the least.

More than 24 hours after a sewage leak flooded Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, tangling traffic and blocking access to the main artery through the city, officials are still laboring to repair the breach and say the road will remain closed through the evening commute. While the highway and Glenneyre Street are shut down between Cleo and Diamond streets, police are rerouting drivers from the normally clogged thoroughfares, sending cars onto narrow side streets above Bluebird Park, city officials said.

“It’s an absolute mess,” said Laguna Beach City Manager Ken Frank. “Everybody should stay away from Coast Highway.”

After several failed attempts, city officials temporarily shut down the Bluebird Pump Station this afternoon to relieve the pressure and facilitate the clamp’s repair. As a result, backed up sewage flowed from storm drains, sending another 10,000 gallons into the ocean at Bluebird Beach, Frank said.

A faulty rubber gasket on the new clamp is forcing city officials to shut down the pump station a second time, with more sewage spills possible.

Frank estimated that the city would be fined as much as $100,000 by the Regional Water Quality Control Board for the ocean contamination

According to Frank, the city has spent about $15 million on sewer system upgrades in recent years, and installed a $1.5 million pipeline near Nyes Place and Victoria Beach last month.

LA Times

Heather Irene Justus

My blogging here is not an endorsement of any other opinion but my own. I'm no longer new to blogging, I've been writing locally and nationally since 2007 starting here at the Liberal OC. I was born in New York and grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and currently live in Aliso Viejo. I graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in English and Film and eventually may go back to school, but I'm still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. Until then, I work and write and try to do something useful here in the OC by using the word to point out the things that make me frustrated. It's a daily struggle. Issues that peak my interest the most are environmental (yes, I don't just 'believe" in climate change, I listen to all those whacky scientists), gender and body issues (women deserve equal pay, I'm a feminist too, crazy) to the continuing widening economic gap we are not enjoying here in the US (which ties to education, stagnant wages and debt). So many issues, but those are the top three right now. I am an unabashed corgi lover, nerd and all around strange girl. I am lucky enough to be raising a wonderful daughter as well and enjoying being unmarried. 

  5 comments for “PCH Still closed because of too much shit…

  1. Eric
    April 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Isn’t that shitty.

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    April 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Snif. That you Dana?

  3. April 18, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Crumbling infrastructure?
    Economic downturns are great times to invest in public works.

  4. Joey
    April 18, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Where’s OSHA when you need them?

    That worker in the picture not wearing his head is just asking for trouble. With all that splattering doo doo,it just time before a particle gets lodge between his teeth.

  5. Joey
    April 18, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    that’s “head gear”

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