TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - A team was deployed to Interstate 40 where a large number of fish were hosed off the road after the hurricane dropped eight trillion gallons of water on North Carolina.
Posting footage of the unusual scene on Facebook, the Penderlea Fire Department said: “Well, we can add 'washing fish off of the interstate' to the long list of interesting things firefighters get to experience!”
“This is on a stretch of I40 in Pender County North Carolina 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.”
The video shows a long section of dual carriageway, with one side littered with fish carcasses. Two firemen using a high-pressure hose spray the bodies off the roadway and onto the verge.
People responding to the video pointed out that having thousands of rotting fish on the side of the road is going to generate a fierce odour.
Penderlea Fire Department responded saying: “The smell is what it is; this was done for the safety of motorists since some of the fish were actually quite large and could be dangerous if hit, or if swerved around.
“Be sure to keep your windows closed and air on circulate, we will be!”
At least 44 people have been killed since the hurricane hit the Carolinas last week. While the rain has subsided, many rivers continue to rise in some areas and authorities have warned the danger is far from over.