OCEANSIDE–The City of Oceanside has declared a local emergency due to the damage caused by the recent storms and flooding that included the rupture of the Haymar wastewater line within Buena Vista Creek, located on the south side of Highway 78.
Crews from the City of Oceanside have diverted the wastewater in the line to another wastewater line to stop the flow of sewage and are assessing the environmental situation in the creek and needed repairs.
The break in the wastewater line is believed to have been caused by the rains and flooding that occurred the week of December 20th. In the City of Oceanside the creek runs generally along the south side of Highway 78 to the Buena Vista Lagoon at Coast Highway. At this time testing is being done to determine whether any pollutants have entered the lagoon and appropriate postings have been completed. Residents are asked not to enter or fish in the Buena Vista Creek or Lagoon.
On December 24, the Governor’s Office declared a State of Emergency to exist within the County of San Diego to deal with the aftermath of the significant rains and flooding.
Oceanside’s local emergency was declared at 2:45 pm on December 28, 2010. The Declaration of Emergency will allow the City to apply for funds to assist in any needed cleanup.