SUFFOLK- Sewage is spilling into a Suffolk creek at the rate of a million gallons a day, says Ted Henifen, the general manager of Hampton Roads Sanitation District.
A sanitary sewer main broke during Hurricane Sandy last week.
The Hampton Roads Sanitation District has had crews working to fix the problem that's impacting Shingle Creek near Wilroy Road and people who live nearby.
"It smells like, smells like feces. That's the only way I can describe it, and it's all the way around here all the way down to the store, to the Fresh Pride. That's about 2 or 3 blocks up the road, all the way down to the gas station. It's pretty bad," said David Keesee.
That section of the road has been blocked off for the work and officials believe it will be that way until early December.
"This is necessary because it is difficult to position the heavy construction equipment needed to accomplish the work while assuring the safety of motorists. The City of Suffolk has worked with families living on the portion of Wilroy to adjust the school bus route," said spokeswoman Nancy Munnikhuysen.
Detours are in place at the Wilroy Road/Suburban Drive and Wilroy Road/Constance Road intersections. Detours will direct drivers to utilize Nansemond Parkway, Progress Road, Suburban Drive and Route 58.
Health officials warn people to stay out of the water on the creek and in the area where it meets the Nansemond River.