Dead fish stuck in fence after Ike

Monday, September 15th 2008, 6:00 pm
By: News 9


Associated Press Writer

WEST ORANGE, Texas (AP) -- Forget hooks.

The storm surge from Hurricane Ike through East Texas left behind a grotesque display of fish caught in an unusual manner.

Dozens of fish ended up dead, stuck headfirst from a chain-link fence in West Orange.

The fish, 8-10 inches long, appeared too large to get through the fence around a flooded home.

Some of the dead fish were suspended in the apparent act of swimming and were still hanging Monday from the 4-foot-high fence.

Ike slammed the Gulf coast along Galveston early Saturday.

Dead fish continued to litter residential streets and grassy areas of West Orange, a town of 3,800 located 110 miles northeast of Houston.

Sarah Blohm of Orange, who was at a hurricane aid distribution point Monday, said there is a lot of debris and "there are fish everywhere."

Texas National Guard Sgt. Albert Ramirez, based in Dallas, looked at the fish stuck in the fence and described it to The Associated Press as "kind of different."

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