Wildlife officials expect more fish kills

By The Associated Press

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Wildlife and environmental officials except to see more fish kills as floodwaters from the Mississippi River continue to recede.

Rod Garavelli, director of fisheries programs for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, tells the Vicksburg Post that hundreds of fish found north of Vicksburg on Long Lake this week is just the start.

Garavelli says debris redistributed along the Mississippi River and its tributaries by the flood will decay in lakes and streams. He says when the material breaks down, it can cause a lack of oxygen and kill more fish.

He says the dead fish will likely be seen along roadways as the water draws back.

Garavelli says another kill was reported in a small lake in Bolivar County.