HURRICANE IRENE: Thousands Of Dead Fish In Bertie County

After Hurricane Irene blew through, thousands of dead fish have shown up in one creek in Bertie County.

The fish are in a tributary that flows into the Middle River outside of Merry Hill.

It appears there's no oxygen in the water and the fish are suffocating. There are reports of this happening in other locations as well.

Right now some local residents are trying to relocate as many fish as they can in an effort to save them.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2011 at 05:22 PM
    Only God knows the time but I'm as ready as ever for Jesus to come.
  • by Anonymous Location: Williamston nc on Aug 30, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    Guess they didn't believe me and didn't post comment. Link shows the drop. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/uv?cb_00010=on&cb_00095=on&cb_00065=on&cb_00301=on&cb_00300=on&cb_00400=on&format=gif_default&period=7&site_no=02081094
  • by Anonymous Location: Williamston nc on Aug 30, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    oxygen levels are dropping up Roanoke river too.
  • by Mike Location: Eastern NC on Aug 30, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    Unfortunately this will only be the beginning of the destruction of the fisheries!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 12:08 PM in reply to Mike
      It is the dead, oxygen depleted waters from the swamps that are bringing the rivers oxygen levels down. Therefore starving the fish of the needed oxygen to survive.
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