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Virginia: More Than 1,000 Fish Found Dead in Henrico County, ‘Everything is Wiped Out’


“HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – State authorities are looking into why more than a thousand fish turned up dead in Henrico County. It happened in the Winchester Green subdivision, in the far west end.

It is quite the unpleasant sight, a fish kill, neighbors first discovered earlier in the week. Authorities came out to take a look, and they say more than 1,000 fish died here earlier in the week.

It’s a mystery, and it’s not pretty: all these dead fish, scattered over two ponds in an otherwise picturesque community.

Sandra register has lived here 22 years and she’s never seen anything like it.

‘We’ve never had everything die. I mean, everything is wiped out in here,’ she said.

The floating and decaying remains were first discovered Monday; including that of a large beaver, though it’s unclear if that’s related. All week, Sandra and others have been speculating as to what might have happened.

‘That someone had put something in the water,’ Sandra said.

Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality won’t confirm that. In fact, there’s little they can say for sure.

What’s clear is that it’s so upsetting to the children and adults who take great pride in what they used to be able to see, right outside their windows.

‘It’s important to me. I sit at my kitchen table and drink my coffee and watch the deer and occasionally get a glimpse of the fox running by. It’s very important to me,’ Sandra stated.

Whatever happened here to cause this, isn’t quite clear. But the DEQ continues to investigate. They say there is no risk to the public.

Neighbors say the water has yet to be tested, but there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of a chemical spill or illegal dumping.” Source – Fox19.

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