PALESTINE, TX–Local authorities confirm thousands of dead fish were found floating in a pothole in the western part of the city. Public works crews were quickly dispatched to the scene after receiving emergency instructions to “bag up the fish, drain the water and repair the pothole.”
Officials are still not sure how the fish got into the pothole, but a spokesperson for the Texas Parks and Wildlife department says regardless of how it happened, given the huge number of fish involved, the oxygen supply would have been depleted in a very short time. The spokesperson issued a reminder to city officials that routine pothole maintenance is extremely important to avoid massive fish kills such as this.
City Communications Director, Nate Smith, announced city hall is planning a pothole town hall meeting and fish fry in the near future. Residents will learn about the history of potholes in Palestine, how a pothole is formed, and how residents can take evasive action to avoid potholes. Also, attendees will get the latest updates from the Marketing Department on how pothole fishing might just become a niche tourism attraction for the city.