Drought Conditions Leave Up To 2,000 Fish Dead In Neuse River

State environmental officials found up to 2,000 dead catfish near the mouth of the Neuse River today. And officials believe that drought conditions may have forced the fish to go belly up.

The fish were found in Upper Broad Creek near New Bern. A
spokeswoman with the state Division of Water Quality says the fish
likely died from excess exposure to salt water that may be creeping
back up the river.

Spokeswoman Susan Massengale says that can happen during a
severe drought.

Massengale said the dead fish don't pose any health risks, but
officials are looking to see if the problem is happening elsewhere.

North Carolina faced one of the hottest and driest months on record in August. That combination that has put more than three-quarters of the state under severe drought conditions.