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Louisiana: Conditions After Ida Killed 280M Fish Inland

A flooded street after Hurricane Ida in Laplace, Louisiana, on Sept. 2, 2021.

A flooded street after Hurricane Ida in Laplace, Louisiana, on Sept. 2, 2021.

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Baton Rouge, La. (AP) -- Conditions after Hurricane Ida last summer killed about 280 million fish in inland waters — about 40% more than died in Louisiana waters after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries estimated Thursday.

Catchable fish are usually scarce for about a year in areas that had big fish kills, but populations rebound, the department said in a news release.