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The Virginia Department of Health has barred shellfishing in the York River through the mouth of Wormley Creek due to a sewage leakage from a broken pipeline.
Shellfishing in Wormley Creek is barred until April 27. VDH said in a news release the area “may have been subjected to a sewage spill likely containing pathogenic bacteria and viruses” and is not safe to take shellfish.
The Division of Shellfish Sanitation will monitor the shellfish and water quality throughout the month to determine if the area can be reopened sooner.
The sewage spill was caused by a pipeline break that occurred late Sunday night on Hornsbyville Road.
Health officials are encouraging citizens to refrain from going in the possibly contaminated water until receiving the all-clear from the Department of Health.
“In this kind of situation, its probably a good idea to stay away from it for a little while,” said Keith Skiles, director of the Division of Shellfish Sanitation.