VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- The Navy confirms that 94,000 gallons of jet fuel leaked from a tank at Naval Air Station Oceana on Thursday and that clean-up efforts are expected to continue through the weekend.
As of Friday morning, northbound London Bridge Road between International Parkway and Potters Road remains closed. Additionally, one lane southbound on London Bridge Rd. between Potters Rd. and Central Dr. is closed as crews and equipment work to remove the spilled fuel from a culvert.
NAS Oceana's Comanding Officer Capt. Rich Meadows visited local residents whose property was affected by the spill.
Overnight, crews cleaned up almost 20,000 gallons from affected areas outside the fence line of NAS Oceana
VBFD, Navy and contractors will continue to monitor spill site and cleanup operations all night.— VBFD (@VirginiaBeachFD) May 11, 2017
"The spill has been contained," said Meadows. "We've made very good progress in the last twenty four hours with great cooperation from our federal, state and local partners."
There were reports that the spill did affect wildlife and experts were called in to assist. Anyone who finds wildlife that appears to have been affected by the fuel spill should not make any attempts to touch or assist the animal.
Residents are asked to call (757) 438-3159 and wildlife experts will be dispatched.
The Navy says a significant amount of JP-5 jet fuel leaked from a tank at the NAS Oceana Bulk Fuel Farm some time late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. The spill was discovered and contained on base at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
On Thursday, crews placed water booms on Wolfsnare Creek on the tributary located between Elon Drive and North Adventure Trail, and protective berms on NAS Oceana to contain the spilled fuel. The weather and tides have aided the cleanup efforts.
Some of the fuel spilled into a water-filled ditch outside the perimeter of the base. The Coast Guard, Navy, and Virginia Beach Public Works are working to contain that portion of the leak, but it could take up to 48 hours to be fully cleaned up.
Two vacuum trucks and two skimmers are working around the clock continuing the cleanup effort. Unified response teams continue to monitor water and air quality to ensure public safety during cleanup efforts. Although the smell of fuel may still be present, all readings are within acceptable levels.
No injuries were reported, and a Navy public affairs officer tells 13News Now that the fuel spill has not caused an impact on aviation operations.
The cause of the spill remains under investigation.