The City of Alexandria is advising residents to avoid direct contact with waters in Holmes Run downstream of Ripley Street near the intersection with Holmes Run Parkway due a sewage spill.
According to the city, two sanitary sewer lines are damaged, one owned by the City of Alexandria and one owned by Fairfax County. Crews from both jurisdictions are working on repairs and cleanup.
Alexandria estimates the spill should be contained by 5 p.m. Sunday. Sewage repairs should take three to six weeks.
“Residents are advised not to fish in or have any contact with the waters, including wading or swimming, until further notice,” states an email from the City of Alexandria. “Parents are advised to keep children and pets away from the streams. Avoiding human and pet contact with these waters will help to eliminate the risk of exposure to untreated sewage from this spill.”
The message says city staff are investigating the infrastructure to ensure there are no additional leaks or discharges contributing to the spill. It says “sewer overflow is currently being contained behind an existing concrete check dam downstream of the break, which prevents discharge from spreading further downstream.”