Vt. fish hatchery damaged by Irene almost fixed

January 20, 2013 • Business

In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 photo, hatchery manager Ken Gillette stands in the incubator room at the White River National Fish Hatchery in Bethel, Vt. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says repairs to the Bethel fish hatchery damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene are almost complete and it should resume raising fish in March or April. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

BETHEL, Vt. (AP) — The tanks that are normally swarming with fish at the national hatchery in Bethel are empty, but the repairs needed after Tropical Storm Irene flooding inundated the facility are almost done and officials say biologists should be able to start raising fish there again this spring.

The tanks that hold the fish, both inside and out, have been scrubbed and disinfected, the electrical system is mostly repaired, the wells that supply the fresh water for the facility have been cleaned and the pumps are being rebuilt. The layout of the hatchery has been changed in a way that experts hope will make it less prone to damage from future flooding.

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