Upstream Sewage Leak Closes Falmouth and Fredericksburg Parks

by | Aug 26, 2015 | News

By Susan Larson. File photo of swimmers in the Rappahannock River at Historic Port of Falmouth Park copyright Fredericksburg.Today.

Update 10 p.m. August 25, 2015:
David Allen, who lives close to the location of the spill, provided photos and said he saw 4 inches of raw sewage flowing down into the creek directly from the pump house. See his photos on Facebook..

“You have the wrong information,” he said of our report from Stafford County (below). “The spill was from the pump house flowing into the creek. I was told over 30,000 gallons but could have been more!” Fredericksburg.Today staff has contacted Stafford County for clarification. We will keep you posted.


Historic Port of Falmouth Park in Stafford County and Old Mill Park and City Dock in Fredericksburg are closed due to a sewage leak upstream.

“Stafford Utilities determined late Monday, Aug. 24, that a sewage spill had occurred in Falls Run, upstream from the Historic Port of Falmouth Park,” Stafford County reported in a release. The leak was due to the failure of a plug in the pipe system.

“The leak has been repaired and plans are being made for permanent repairs to prevent any future failures of the pipe,” Stafford County staff reported. Stafford is conducting precautionary tests to ensure the water is safe before the parks are re-opened.

“Residents are discouraged from swimming or playing in the Rappahannock River until precautionary tests results are received,” City of Fredericksburg staff said online. “The water supply is safe for consumption.”

The parks are tentatively scheduled to re-open on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.


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