SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Santa Barbara City officials say they have issued a 'Beach Closed' notice at Leadbetter Beach because of untreated sewage that was spilled.
The City and Public Works Department said the beach will remain closed until the water is tested as safe.
City leaders said around 6,600 gallons of sewage was spilled on the 1100 block of Luneta Plaza. The sewage went into a storm drain that led into Leadbetter Beach.
Signs have been posted throughout the area so people do not play in the water. The Public Works Department said if anyone goes into the water they could get very sick. They also said people should wait 10 days before harvesting shellfish in the affected area. The City said people who eat the shellfish from the contaminated waters are also at risk of getting sick.