Sewage Spill Leaves Smelly Mess

By: Michael Wooten Email
By: Michael Wooten Email

It started as a bad smell...but that was just the beginning. Once those workers started looking through the resort's pond, they noticed hundreds of dead fish.

It didn't take long: to track the source of the smell.

It's a family-friendly, summer getaway. Fox Fire Resort's beautiful lakes help frame this picture perfect park...usually. Now hundreds of dead fish that fill the pond...all the result of a sewage spill.

Marie Cunningham and her husband run the resort...and were shocked Friday morning: to learn their pond was polluted.

The sewage came from a new treatment facility just feet from Fox Fire.
The Salt Rock public service district would not comment, but Cunningham says one of the pumps: suffered from a mechanical malfunction that lead to the sewage spill.

The sewage that flowed into the nearby stream made an already bad situation worse. That's because the fish there were already suffering from a lack of oxygen due to the high water temperature and the low water levels. Right now, DNR officials say they're praying for rain.

In the meantime, Cunningham says Fox Fire will clean out the ponds...and hope for the best.

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