9.3 million gallons of untreated sewage flow into Shingle Creek

Posted at 5:04 PM, Nov 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-02 23:29:55-04

According to the Suffolk Health Department, there has been a sewage overflow reaching Shingle Creek adjacent to Wilroy Road.

Hampton Roads Sanitation District estimates that 9.3 million gallons of untreated sewage have flowed into Shingle Creek. Contractors are working to make repairs, but the spillage is still ongoing.  The cause of the overflow is a break in the sewer main. Updates on the overflow will be made as necessary.

Recreational water users are strongly advised to use caution when using Shingle Creek and the Nansemond River near the entrance of Shingle Creek to prevent infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms.

Please avoid swallowing river water, don’t swim and avoid contact with river water if you have an open wound; pathogens can infect open wounds and cause a more serious illness. Also, remember to shower after any recreational water activities.

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