Officials Warn Newark Residents Against Catching, Eating Fish Washed Ashore During Heavy Rain: Report - NBC New York

Officials Warn Newark Residents Against Catching, Eating Fish Washed Ashore During Heavy Rain: Report

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    Fish Swim Down Streets as NJ Pounded by Heavy Rain

    For the second straight day, parts of New Jersey were hit hard by heavy rain, sending fish literally swimming down the streets in one town. Ida Siegal reports. (Published Tuesday, June 2, 2015)

    Newark officials are warning residents not to catch or eat fish that washed ashore following heavy rainfall that started Sunday across New Jersey, according to a report.

    The Department of Health and Community Wellness issued a statement Monday warning residents the fish that washed ashore may have come into contact with sewer drains or other contaminants.

    "This is a dangerous practice and residents are urged to refrain from trapping, catching, and eating any fish caught on the streets," said Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, the department’s director.

    Hamdi said there had been no reports of residents eating the fish and that the exact danger of eating them was unknown, but said it was a dangerous practice nonetheless.

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