EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – As some flood waters from Hurricane Florence finally recede from epic levels, a new issue emerges – lots and lots of dead fish.
The unlikely sight (and stench) adds to the clean up effort as crews are forced to sweep the fish off of roadways to become natural fertilizer for highway adjacent vegetation.
Pictures and videos of the fish littering I-40 near the Wilmington area have gone viral.
““We can add ‘washing fish off of the interstate’ to the long list of interesting things firefighters get to experience!” said the post.
Department officials said the fish were found on a stretch of Interstate 40 in Pender County, near Wallace.
“Hurricane Florence caused massive flooding in our area and allowed the fish to travel far from their natural habitat, stranding them on the interstate when waters receded,” said the post.”
Speaking of fish: Organizers of the N.C. Seafood Festival announced this weekend that the annual event held on the Morehead City waterfront will be postponed.
According to a press release, event organizers are in the process of moving the festival to the first week of November instead of the first week of October.
“A definitive date will be announced in the next week after the board of directors has time to review all the work needed resulting in the date change and to communicate these plans with vendors, sponsors, contracted organizations, area accommodations and the town of Morehead City.
Ed Stack, board chairman said, “We are proud of our community and the way we have remained strong and united during the aftermath of hurricane Florence. We look forward to the possibility of coming together in November #CarteretStrong!””
The postponement is one of the man indirect economic impacts Hurricane Florence will continue to have on the Carolinas.
However, all will agree that a festival for North Carolina’s seafood heritage is probably best held after the stench of Florence’s fishy casualties is long gone.