Fish dying as Irene debris robs NC river oxygen


    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.

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    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

    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.

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