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Thousands of dead fish found in Dexter

Thousands of fish are dead and officials blame our triple digit weather. (Source: Chris White) Thousands of fish are dead and officials blame our triple digit weather. (Source: Chris White)
Lawson Metcalf with Dexter Parks and Recreation blames the heat and outbreak of algae for low oxygen levels. (Source: Chris White) Lawson Metcalf with Dexter Parks and Recreation blames the heat and outbreak of algae for low oxygen levels. (Source: Chris White)
Signs around the pond say no fishing. Signs around the pond say no fishing.
"My son fished over there when he was small," said Dean Smith. "My son fished over there when he was small," said Dean Smith.
"Well the high temperatures, which is unusual with this many days over 100 or near 100, is heating the water temperature up which has an effect on the oxygen level in the pond," said Lawson Metcalf with Dexter Parks and Recreation. "Well the high temperatures, which is unusual with this many days over 100 or near 100, is heating the water temperature up which has an effect on the oxygen level in the pond," said Lawson Metcalf with Dexter Parks and Recreation.
DEXTER, MO (KFVS) -

Thousands of dead fish turned up over the past couple of days at Dexter City Lake. It's an important image for residents like Dean Smith.

"My son fished over there when he was small," said Smith. 

He knows the importance of the community pond because he has lived in Dexter, Missouri his whole life.

"There's people that come there everyday and fish," said Smith.

But right now, signs say no fishing. That's because thousands of fish are dead and officials blame our triple digit weather.

"Well the high temperatures, which is unusual with this many days over 100 or near 100, is heating the water temperature up which has an effect on the oxygen level in the pond," said Lawson Metcalf with Dexter Parks and Recreation.

He blames the heat and outbreak of algae for low oxygen levels.

"You have to have certain amount of dissolved oxygen in the water for the fish to survive," said Metcalf. "That's normally around 4 is as low as you want to get and we were down to like a 2.8."

But, there is good news for regulars.

"When we were pumping water into the pond, fish were coming to that to get oxygen and there was just thousands of fish still in the pond," said Metcalf.

That means the community pond will hopefully beat the heat. Something Dean Smith said the town needs

"It's just a good place for kids," said Smith. "I want to see it stay."

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