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Sewage spill into Va. waterway tops 14M gallons

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Sewage treatment plant (Stock Photo)

Sewage treatment plant (Stock Photo)

SUFFOLK, Va. — Thousands of gallons of raw sewage continue to spill into a tributary of the Nansemond River from a ruptured main.

Media outlets report that the 9-inch break occurred during Hurricane Sandy. The cause hasn’t been determined but authorities suspect the storm was a factor.

A Hampton Roads Sanitation District spokeswoman says more than 14 million gallons of sewage has spilled into Shingle Creek since divers discovered the rupture last week. Nancy Munnikhuysen says the flow has been reduced to about 1,000 gallons per minute.

A bypass to stop the spill is expected to be installed by Friday.

Munnikhuysen says the spill isn’t affecting drinking water in the area.

State regulators are monitoring the spill.

Source: The Associated Press