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Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water. Border sewage has returned.

About 30 million gallons of sewage-tainted rain runoff flowed through the Tijuana River and across the U.S.-Mexico border Monday. The county’s Department of Environmental Health closed water access from Imperial Beach’s Seacoast Drive south to the border.

That’s the same stretch of beach that Heal the Bay, a Santa Monica-based environmental group, named the most polluted beach in the state in 2005. The beach, which is often subjected to months-long closures, has been clean and clear since early September.

ROB DAVIS

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