Rayne neighborhood dealing with fish kill

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 18:05:55-04

An unpleasant smell is filling in the air in one Rayne subdivison. People who live in the Country Lakes Subdvision say their pond is filled with more than just water.

From a distance, the east pond in the community is a picturesque scene. However, if you move closer, residents say, there is a stench. 

"Every time I walk over there. It’s like a strange smell," resident Devon Webster said. 

That strange smell is a fish kill. Dozens of dead fish piling up in the pond because of low oxygen levels. 

"The subdivision has a Facebook page and we’ve been complaining about it, and clearly nothing has been done," Webster said. 

The Homeowner’s Association is working on a fix. The group is working to install a fountain to circulate the water. However, not everyone is paying their dues to the HOA. 

"Something of this size is in the range of $3,000 to $5,000," Matthew Rey of HOA said. "It takes the funds first and takes the rearranging of the current budget to allow something of that size to happen. Right now we’re looking at what we can cut to get this down ourselves. " 

Rey said the fish are taken out of the water and the pond is cleaned by maintenance.