Wastewater leaked into Intercoastal Waterway near Great Bridge Lock after tugboat anchor hit pipe
An unknown volume of wastewater has leaked into the Intracoastal Waterway near the Great Bridge Lock area, officials with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District said.
The leak occurred as a result of an anchor strike from a tug boat in the area on Friday afternoon, according to a press release from HRSD. The strike compromised a 20-inch cast iron force main under the canal, and crews located and isolated the section of the pipe that was leaking and diverted wastewater flows.
“There have been no service disruptions and no injuries reported resulting from the line break,” states the news release. “There are currently no impacts to marine or vehicular traffic in the area.”
But HRSD says as a precaution, residents should avoid direct contact with the affected waterway at this time.
HRSD Director of Communications Leila Rice said the break may have happened as early as 1 p.m. Friday, but HRSD was not notified until around 6 p.m. The leak was contained by about 8 p.m.
The total volume of the spill is not known at this time.
“HRSD operations crews are assessing damage to the line to make the necessary repairs and HRSD Water Quality personnel will be working with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to monitor the impacted waterway,” states the release.
HRSD encourages residents to visit the Virginia Department of Health for additional information related to any potential shellfish closures and water safety.
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