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A fish kill was reported on Thursday afternoon due to low amounts of oxygen in the Tar River, forcing mutliple breeds of fish to swin to the flooded docks of Town Commons.  Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)
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A fish kill was reported on Thursday afternoon due to low amounts of oxygen in the Tar River, forcing mutliple breeds of fish to swin to the flooded docks of Town Commons. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Irene makes river inhospitable

By Jackie Drake

The Daily Reflector

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Something fishy was happening at the Tar River on Thursday.

About 50-100 fish could be seen struggling to the water's edge at the Greenville Town Common on Thursday morning, gasping at the surface. A few were floating, dead.


The cause was depleted oxygen in the river following Hurricane Irene, according to an officer on the scene with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

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