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Fish dying as Irene debris robs NC river oxygen

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GREENVILLE, NC (AP) - Fish are dying in eastern North Carolina
rivers, among the many casualties of Hurricane Irene.

WCTI-TV reported crowds have gathered on
the banks of the Tar River in Greenville to watch as fish struggled
to breathe.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says
hundreds of fish have turned up dead in the Tar, Pamlico, Roanoke
and Pasquotank rivers since Hurricane Irene made landfall last
weekend.

The storm pushed massive amounts of leaves, wood and other
debris into the rivers. The decomposing refuse uses up oxygen in
the water and leaves little for fish and other aquatic life.

Fish kills are not uncommon after hurricanes. Masses of dead
fish also appeared after Hurricanes Bonnie, Floyd and Isabel. More
dead fish are expected in the coming days.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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