The mayor of the city of Imperial Beach issued a warning on social media Friday about a sewage blockage just south of the border that could affect communities on the U.S. side.
Serge Dedina shared an alert from the San Diego region of the state Regional Water Quality Control Board warning residents that 300,000 cubic feet of water and debris is clogging Smuggler’s Gulch in Tijuana.
Board officials called for those who reside or do business near Monument Road and Hollister Avenue to be aware of the potential dangers.
Imperial Beach Councilwoman Paloma Aguirre called the blockage “toxic sludge” on social media. She said it threatens her city and the surrounding area.
We hope that authorities on both sides of the border can avoid an even greater tragedy here. The @CityofIB has offered its support to @cespt -to address this potential disaster. pic.twitter.com/OKlToNjmGW
— Serge Dedina (@Serge4IBMayor) January 4, 2020
The situation raised other issues. Dave Gibson, executive director of the water quality control board, told NBC San Diego that he was concerned about millions of dollars Mexico has allocated to fix faulty pump stations in Tijuana. He feared it might be used to address the current emergency.
– Staff reports
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