San Francisco beach goers were met with what some call an eyesore Thursday, which started with a lot of rain followed by a sewage overflow.
The sewage spill means a section of Ocean Beach is closed, though that didn't stop the hundreds of beachgoers who flocked to the beach on Thanksgiving because of the warm clear weather.
Many were greeted by barricades along the promenade blocking a section of sand at Balboa Street and the great highway.
Heavy rain Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning overwhelmed a portion of the sewer main.
"That system is protected, but it can also be overwhelmed if you get a lot of rainwater in a short period of time," said Becky Rhodes , spokeswoman for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. "So, the runoff was only about 10 percent sewage. The rest was rainwater that came out of there."
The sewage flowed from a manhole onto the beach promenade and down onto the sand. Crews worked until 8 p.m. Wednesday to pump out the water.
Sand tainted by sewage must dry before it can be taken away, so in the meantime a stretch of beach is closed.
"They're continuing to do water quality testing in the water and once the levels come back appropriate for body contact, they'll clear the advisory in that section of the beach as well," Rhodes said.
Many beachgoers simply ignored the warnings and closure signs and took their pets for a stroll through the sand.
"It'll be OK," said Don Anderson of Sacramento. "Mother Nature has a way of cleaning herself up real good."
Neighbors got their first look at the barricades and called it an eyesore.
"I think they could've done a better job of setting this up and letting us know and just not closing it off like that," said Amar Desai. "Besides that, I don't think it's that big of a deal."
The Public Utilities Commission wants three consecutive days of good water quality test results before it'll reopen the beach which means a stretch of sand will likely stay closed through the weekend.
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