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City investigating hundreds of dead fish in Briar Creek

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The city of Charlotte is investigating what may have killed hundreds of fish in Briar Creek.

The city discovered the dead fish in Briar Creek near Chantilly Park on Monday after several people reported it to the city's Storm Water Services Department.

"All of our water quality tests are normal," said Jennifer Frost with Storm Water Services. "The heavy amount of rainfall we've seen this week has helped clean out whatever was there."

Frost said there are no water advisories in effect for the creek or its surrounding tributaries.

Frost said the city typically sees large amounts of dead fish when oxygen levels in the water become too low. This can occur naturally or from a chemical introduced into the water, Frost said.

The nearly 3 inches of rain that has fallen in the area since Monday has caused oxygen levels in the water to increase, making it difficult to trace what the cause of the kill was.

"Our crews found no odor or discoloration in the water," Frost said.

Frost said there are no water advisories in effect for the creek or its surrounding tributaries.

The creek runs just of the park under Monroe Road and E. Independence Boulevard.

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