Official: Sewage spill in Hampton’s Back River halts shellfish harvest

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State health officials have issued an emergency warning Wednesday suspending shellfish harvesting in Hampton on the Back River until next month due to a potential contamination cause by a sewage spill.

A sewer infrastructure failure caused a significant spill of raw sewage into a Back River tributary near Willoughby Point. Harvesting will be closed until June 7, Larry Hill, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Health, said Wednesday.

There were no service disruptions and no injuries, according to Hampton Roads Sanitation District spokeswoman Leila Rice. The total spill volume has not been determined, she added.

Due to potential microbiological pollution hazards, shellfish taken from areas affected by the emergency closure are currently unacceptable for consumption, Hill said.

The Division of Shellfish Sanitation will monitor the shellfish and water quality during this period to determine if the area can be reopened sooner, Hill said.

The sanitation district was notified Wednesday morning of a leak at the end of Westminster Drive in Hampton, Rice said.

Operations crews were quickly dispatched and were able to locate the leak and determined it was the result of a force mail failure. Flows were diverted and the force main isolated in order to stop the leak.

Crews were able to repair the 12-inch cast iron line and return it to service Wednesday afternoon.

Maps of the affected areas are posted on the Division of Shellfish Sanitation’s home page at www.vdh.virginia.gov/Shellfish/.

The affected shellfish are bivalve mollusks, including oysters and clams, but not crabs or fin fish, Hill said in his release.

Ingesting shellfish taken from the closed areas at this time could cause gastrointestinal illnesses including norovirus, hepatitis A and shigellosis.

Additional information on shellfish closures is available at the “frequently asked questions on shellfish condemnations” site at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/shellfish-sanitation/frequently-asked-questions/

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Vernon Sparks can be reached by phone at 757-247-4832 or on Twitter at @lvernonsparks.

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