Sunday, August 19, 2012

After rain delay, Dallas County to resume aerial spraying - WFAA

by MONIKA DIAZ

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WFAA

Posted on August 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Updated today at 5:47 PM

DALLAS â€" Dallas County's aerial assault on the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus resumes on Sunday night.

Bad weather canceled spraying plans on Saturday after Friday's operation was grounded early because of stormy skies.

More than 200,000 acres will be targeted by four planes on Sunday, including all or parts of nine cities: Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Grand Prairie, Mesquite and Richardson.

The campaign is expected to conclude by 5 a.m., with additional spraying on Monday night using an additional aircraft.

The Dallas Zoo will clean and cover any area with open water to protect animals from the aerial sprays. It also will close its bird exhibits until Monday morning. Animals are also being put in special night quarters, just as they are during bad weather.

The City of Arlington will start targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes on Sunday night. Operations are scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. Areas include Jake Langston Park, Doug Russell Park and the airport area, and will continue through 4 a.m. Monday. The plan is to spray Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.

Fort Worth will continue ground spraying on Sunday night. The city is focusing on parts of two zip codes: 76104 and 76110. Fort Worth hasn't sprayed for mosquitoes since the 1990s.

With the number of human cases of West Nile in Tarrant County at nearly 200, city leaders said they have to act.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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