Dead fish float through OKC neighborhood

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OKLAHOMA CITY—Hundreds of dead fish are found in a creek in northwest Oklahoma City, just feet away from a dozen homes.

Now residents are concerned that hundreds of fish just went belly up in a creek where children play.

Lynn Gibbs said, “We usually have wildlife in here, ducks with their babies. It has a nice sheen and reflection to it.”

However, that peaceful pond has turned into something completely different this summer.

She said, “It looks like a toxic waste site.”

The creek behind her home, near N.W. 122nd St. and May Ave., is blanketed with thick green film mixed with the fish.

She said, “If you look over there, that algae is just solid over there. You don’t have any areas of clear water.”

Gibbs says city workers with the street and drainage department came out but could not specify exactly what caused the fish to die.

She said, “I know when it gets hot that can create conditions for algae.”

She added, “I think some fertilizing was possibly done this week before the rains and that may have contributed to it.”

The Midwest Region of the Department of Fish and Wildlife reports an increase in fish kills this summer.

Officials say the extreme heat and drought create a lack of oxygen, which could ultimately suffocate the creatures.

Gibbs said, “I’m concerned about what kind of smell we’re going to have here when hundreds of fish are rotting in our backyard.”

Wildlife officials told us there is no need to worry because fish kills are part of the natural wildlife cycle.

They also say even though extreme heat can cause them, we’ve been relatively lucky in Oklahoma so far this year.

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