The city has hired outside consultants to determine the cause of a spill that spewed 580,000 gallons of sewage onto city streets and into the ocean Wednesday morning.
City crews worked for more than eight hours to stem the flow of sewage from the Bluebird lift station at Glenneyre and Calliope streets. Coastal waters for two miles on either side of the spill — from Crescent Bay to the north and Camel Point to the south — were closed by the county Health Department and will remain closed until the bacteria count returns to normal limits.
“We have hired the highly regarded Dudek engineering firm to tell us what went wrong and how to prevent it from ever happening again,” City Manager Ken Frank said. “We know a pipe pulled away from its fitting. The question is why.