Flat Creek is filled with soybeans. Now the fish are dying.

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Norfolk Southern sent a statement to The Times:

“Norfolk Southern and its contractors worked quickly to clean-up the spilled product following last month’s derailment, and determined that the spill was contained to Norfolk Southern property.”

The Times also reached out to a Cargill spokesperson Friday, but that request was not returned.

Risser said the soybeans breaking down in the water causes them to draw down the dissolved oxygen in the water.

“Some of our big rains have washed a lot of the soybeans downstream through Flat Creek, so they’ve been piling up,” Risser said.

On Friday, thousands of beans could be seen in Flat Creek, with some mounds sticking up through the water.

Risser said 5 milligrams per liter of dissolved oxygen is the lowest level it should be.

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