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Dead fish in canals create smelly situation for Lower Valley neighbors

As the water continues to dry up in the canals, it’s left an unwanted surprise — a pile of smelly dead fish. Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

It’s the end of irrigation season and some people in the Lower Valley are dealing with a fishy situation.

As the water continues to dry up in the canals, it’s left an unwanted surprise — a pile of smelly dead fish.

Neighbors said the pile of fish has been here for a week, and it’s not being cleaned up.

When the sun comes out and the earth heats up, the smell of dead fish gets stronger. It’s happened every day for about a week now.

“It’s real smelly. It’s a real hassle you know?” said Lower Valley resident Richard Camargo.

Irrigation season ended last week, so as the water keeps evaporating, the fish have been left to die.

It's created the smelly situation for people living on Roseway Drive near Alameda Avenue.

“We have problems with dogs coming around here, stray cats, mosquitoes, stuff like that. Nasty rancid stuff,” Camargo said.

Neighbors said it happens every year but nothing is ever done about it.

Adela Rojas told KFOX14 she’s tried calling the Water Improvement District but the fish are still there a week later.

“It doesn’t look like they’ve done anything. I don’t know if they will but so far they haven’t,” Rojas said.

KFOX14 reached out to the Water Improvement District.

They tell us so far they haven’t received any complaints but that they do plan on responding and getting rid of the fish in the area.

“If they just call our main number. If there’s any foul smell or any issues with dead fish in our canals we certainly want to be good neighbors,” said general manager Jesus Reyes.

Reyes says if you have a problem with dead fish in a canal where you live, just call the main number at 915-872-4000.

There, you can make a complaint there so crews can stop by and take care of it.

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