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UPDATE: Crews finish cleaning storm drain after Portsmouth diesel spill

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Jul 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-18 10:37:54-04

UPDATE: Crews have now finished cleaning the storm drain, according to Portsmouth Deputy Chief Hoffler. The geese and ducks will be released back into the lake on Friday.

Portsmouth, Va. - A commercial vehicle was making a delivery to a business when a large diesel fuel tank ruptured and leaked fuel that spread into a storm drain, according to Portsmouth Deputy Chief Hoffler.

A resident noticed the odor, and reported it.

The storm leads into Lake Holland off of City Park Avenue and officials worried that some of the fuel would get into the Elizabeth River. They were able to stop it. They say clean-up should be done by the person who caused the spill.

Geese and birds in the area have been affected, officials say. PETA was there to help the animals by washing the fuel off of the ones they were able to catch.

A contractor was hired to clean up the spill. It is unknown how long it will take to clean up.

A fire investigator has been assigned to look into this incident. HAZMAT will have more information about the amount of fuel that was spilled and how it will impact the area on Thursday.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates.