Friday, August 17, 2012

Rain stops half of planned aerial spraying - FOX 4 News

DALLAS -

Two planes began spraying mosquito-killing chemicals from the air over Dallas County late Thursday night, but could not complete their mission thanks to rain showers moving through the area.

According to a spokesperson for Clarke, the company that makes the insecticide, about 52,000 acres were covered last night -- about half of the 100,000 acres the planes planned to spray.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A MAP OF THE PLANNED AREA.

The spokesperson did not specify exactly which areas received the treatment, but said the planes started on the west half of the area -- which may include the Park Cities and East Dallas.

The planes took off at 10 p.m. and landed at midnight when it became clear that passing rain showers were interfering with the spray process.

Two more spray planes arrived from Louisiana overnight, so on Friday night four planes will play "catch up" and try to cover the unsprayed area, as well as a new planned area -- the boundaries of which have not yet been announced.

More rain is forecast for this evening and for this weekend, especially as a strong cold front moves through on Saturday.

Stay with FOX 4 News and myfoxdfw.com for further updates on this story.

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