Florida water ‘looks like root beer, smells like dead fish’ after Hurricane Ian


While Hurricane Ian has passed, it has left a damaging mark on Florida’s environment – complete with green sludge, thousands of gallons of leaked diesel and water that “looks like root beer, smells like dead fish rolled into compost.”

Records and personal accounts show that Hurricane Ian’s toll is filled with spills and stinky seepages into water that could spell trouble for the environment. CBS News found at least 20 records of environmentally hazardous issues suspected to be caused by the hurricane that have been reported to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center.

All of the reports in their

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