Wildlife officials say the tens of thousands of fish dying in North Carolina rivers are just a sign of more fish kills to come after Hurricane Irene.
The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., reported that thousands of dead fish have been seen floating in the Roanoke, Tar and Neuse rivers. Minor and spotty fish kills are occurring in the Scuppernong, Chowan, Perquimans and other rives.
Chad Thomas of the state Wildlife Resources Commission says that hundreds of thousand of fish will die over the next week as oxygen levels fall.
A big storm washes organic material such as leaves and limbs into the rivers, sucking up oxygen as they decompose. Similar fish kills happened after Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Isabel in 2003.