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Hailstorm Kills Hundreds Of Fish Near Colorado Springs

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El Paso County
Fountain Creek Regional Park, a 460-acre park between Colorado Springs and Fountain, where Duckwood Pond is located. Scientists say hundreds of fish were killed by a June 13 hailstorm.

Officials say hundreds of fish were killed last week during the devastating hailstorm that hit areas near Colorado Springs.

The Gazette reports the storm roared through El Paso County early on June 13, damaging windshields, roofs, trees and wildlife.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials estimated the storm killed hundreds of fish after they assessed the aftermath in Duckwood Pond at Fountain Creek Regional Park on Monday.

Officials say the fish didn't die from the impact of hail but from the storm's quickly changing temperatures.

El Paso County Parks Operations Division Manager Brian Bobeck says mixing colder water with warmer water "can result in the pond turning over and depleting oxygen, resulting in fish kill."

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Information from: The Gazette. Copyright 2018 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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