03/23/2012 12:23 EDT | Updated 05/23/2012 05:12 EDT

Sewage spill closes Cordova Bay beach in Saanich

A Victoria area beach remains closed as crews clean up a sewage spill and officials test the area for contamination.

About 30,000 litres of sewage leaked into a storm drain near Cordova Bay Road and Haliburton Road in Saanich and onto the beach at Cordova Bay on Wednesday.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority is testing the beach water samples and city crews have been cleaning the site since Wednesday, according to Mike Ippen, the manager of Saanich public works.

"It's not a swimming beach. Basically it's just a stretch of beach in a residential area, but it's a very popular beach area so the samples have been taken," said Ippen.

Once the cleanup is done, the yellow tape won't come down until the popular beach is tested free of contamination said Ippen.

"The turnaround time is usually 48 hours and we'll see what the results are and go from there," said Ippen.