SUFFOLK - A spill that dumped a million gallons of sewage a day into a Suffolk creek has been stopped.

Crews with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District inserted a line stop in the broken main off Wilroy Road around 5:00 a.m. Thursday. Line stops are used to isolate a section of pipe and direct the sewer flow to an alternate location.

The main broke during Hurricane Sandy, spilling more than 18-million gallons of sewage into Shingle Creek.

Crews are working to make a permanent repair to the sanitary sewer line.

'The section containing the nine-inch hole is buried in wetlands adjacent to Wilroy Road. The pipe will be inspected and the damaged section will be replaced. The location will make this repair especially difficult,' HRSD spokeswoman Nancy Munnikhuysen told

She said Wilroy Road will need to remain closed to through traffic until the pipe repair has been completed.

HRSD scientists continue to monitor water quality, Munnikhuysen noted.

Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the HRSD Public Information Office at 757.460.7056 or send an email to

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