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Sewage Spill Closes White Rock Beach

Swimmers enjoying the sunny weather in White Rock had their fun cut short Sunday after a sewage spill was discovered at Semiahmoo Bay.

The sewage was found oozing from beneath the rocks near the railroad tracks and into the water, forcing officials to close the city’s main beach for swimming.

The cause has not been determined, but Deputy Fire Chief Rob Atkinson said a plugged sewer line may be to blame for the apparent overflow.

Atkinson said crews flushed a nearby line Sunday and the sludge had stopped flowing by Monday morning.

The public is advised to remain out of the water until coliform tests can be conducted to determine the level of contamination in the bay, however.

The city hopes to have a private company or Fraser Health Authority personnel in to test the water on Monday.

The beach is still open for non-swimming activities.

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