Redwood Shores Sewage Spill Now Estimated at 48K Gallons

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Redwood City officials say about 48,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into a residential lagoon last week _ nearly 10 times more than initially estimated.

The city estimated the spill at 5,000 gallons on Friday, but revised that number Monday after crews discovered a pipe had broken underground, sending far more sewage into the water. The lagoon was polluted with high levels of E.coli and other harmful bacteria.

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Residents of the city’s Redwood Shores neighborhood are being asked to avoid the lagoon indefinitely until the lagoon is cleaned of toxins.

City spokesman Malcolm Smith says consultants have been hired to quicken the cleanup.

The city says there’s no evidence fish, birds or wildlife has been harmed by the spill, but further tests will be conducted.

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