In the aftermath of Florence, crews in North Carolina are now facing a unique cleanup challenge after the storm: Dead fish on a highway.
“Well, we can add ‘washing fish off of the interstate' to the long list of interesting things firefighters get to experience!” the Fire Department wrote in a Facebook post Saturday.
Photos and video posted by the department showed countless dead fish along a stretch of the highway, which connects Wilmington and Raleigh. Firefighters used hoses to spray the fish off the road.
According to one Facebook comment, the dead fish created quite a smell on that portion of the interstate.
Commenter Aleksandr Gruzinskaya said the odor was a “horrible decaying flesh smell.”
Floods due to Florence became “catastrophic” and completely shut down major highways in the state. Drone footage posted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation showed I-40 looking more like a river than a highway.
The flooding drove fish out of their natural habitat, isolating them as cleanup began.
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