VDH issues fish consumption advisory around South Hill 'until further notice'

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has issued a fish consumption advisory for creeks around the town of South Hill in Mecklenburg County due to a fire at a warehouse used to store fertilizer and pesticides.

The department is asking residents and visitors to avoid fishing, swimming, wading, tubing, canoeing, kayaking and boating around South Hill until further notice. These advisories are being issued “out of an abundance of caution” due to the fire releasing chemicals into local waterways.

According to the department, the affected area extends “from the location of the fire off Route 1 in South Hill to approximately 10 miles north and south of the two impacted watersheds (Roanoke River and Meherrin River). From Route 1 in South Hill; the headwaters of Dockery Creek to its confluence with the Roanoke River to the south and the headwaters of Mountain Creek to the Meherrin River at Route 138 (Union Mill Road) to the north.”

The department has not found any evidence of the incident affecting local drinking water. This situation is being actively monitored, updates and more information about the incident can be found on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s website.

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