Drain cleaned after fish deaths in Spalding

The Environment Agency is working to improve water quality in a Lincolnshire drain after hundreds of fish died.

The fish died between Sunday and Monday in a stretch of Vernatts Drain, near Pode Hole in Spalding.

Environment officers said the warm weather which cooled quickly on Sunday night caused a drop in oxygen levels in the water.

Work is being carried out to pump fresh water into the drain and increase the oxygen.

Environment officer Adam Shamma said: "We urge anyone who sees fish in a distressed state - for example gasping at the water surface, or trapped in shallow water pools - to contact us.

"This will enable us to act quickly to minimise the impact on the river's fish population."

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