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Dallas Residents Say Potholes Are West Nile Risk

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - As the City of Dallas targets eight mosquito hot spots to spray this week, some neighbors said that the city should also fix the potholes in alleys as part of its effort to control the spread of the West Nile Virus.

Donald Key said that the alley behind his Preston Hollow home is full of potholes and, when it rains, the water often sits stagnate in them for months. “This has been standing water here upwards for two months,” Key pointed out behind his home off of Norway Road.

The Dallas homeowner said that the standing water has made his alley an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Key said that he has tried to fill the holes on his own, and does what he can to get rid of the standing water, but added the alley is in such need of repair that the city needs to completely repave it.

The City of Dallas encourages residents to call 311 to report potholes and standing water.

City officials in nearby University Park acknowledged that alleys can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, if not treated. “Alleys are really prone to standing water,” said University Park spokesperson Steve Mace.

University Park sent out trucks Monday night just to spray down the alleys in the city. However, Mace said that spraying is only one part of the solution. “We are urging our homeowners to be really proactive and do anything they can do to reduce the pooling of water,” he said.

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