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Experts predict fish kills will continue for weeks in NC

October 7, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The widespread fish kills that were likely caused by Hurricane Florence are expected to continue for weeks.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that such fish kills often naturally occur following a major hurricane. The cause is not pollution from floodwaters but a lack of oxygen in the water.

The newspaper reviewed a report from North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources Commission. Similar fish kills occurred after Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

An investigation is continuing into Florence’s impact. But biologists said they believe the recent deaths are due to flooding produced by the hurricane.

One of this year’s more well-known fish kills involved thousands of fish spread across Interstate 40. Firefighters used hoses to spray the fish off the road.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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