By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Pulaski officials are advising the public to avoid getting into Peak Creek along downstream from 1427 Dora Highway due to a sewage spill into the creek.
Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley said the town was notified about 9 a.m. that flooding caused a 10-inch sewer line crossing Peak Creek in the Dora Highway area to fail and wash downstream.
He said town crews are in the process of “building a road” over marshy area in order to access the pipe. In the meantime, efforts are being made to pump sewage around the compromised area until it can undergo emergency repairs. The “pump around” is expected to be in place by noon.
Hawley said the swift flow of the creek due to recent rains should disperse the spilled sewage fairly well so as not to cause problems, but he still advised people not to play in the creek. He said Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is being kept up to date on the situation.