Waters near Balboa Pier closed after sewage spill

A portion of the coast near the Balboa Pier remained closed Wednesday after a sewage spill the day before contaminated the waters off Newport Beach.

The area 1,000 feet upcoast and 1,000 feet downcoast of the Balboa Pier are closed for swimming, diving or surfing until further notice, according to a Tuesday statement from the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Up-to-date information on beach closures is available on the agency's website, http://www.ocbeachinfo.com, and its Twitter account, @ocbeachinfo.

The agency is asking those who would like to report an illness related to the contaminated water to call (714) 433-6280.

The spill was caused by a sewer pipe breaking on private property, said dispatcher Brian Stanley, of the Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol, Wednesday afternoon.

—Lauren Williams

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