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Texarkana, AR declares West Nile Virus emergency to begin spraying

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Thursday afternoon, city employees began putting their pesticide spraying equipment back together. Thursday afternoon, city employees began putting their pesticide spraying equipment back together.
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

The Texarkana Arkansas Board of Directors has adopted a resolution to declare an emergency in order to immediately begin pesticide application in light of West Nile Virus cases confirmed in the area.

The board adopted the resolution Thursday afternoon, based on what they have determined is a significant risk to human health. There have been at least 9 cases in the Texarkana area, according to officials in Bowie County. The number of cases on the Arkansas side of the state line have not been released.

Public Works Director Paul Hackleman says this had to be done because in spite of confirmed cases in the area, state law would otherwise require the city to wait 30 days before spraying.

The order, Hackleman says, will allow them to move forward immediately. "We are going to target the area of the city that has actual cases of West Nile viruses from the citizens and from there we will move on to the creeks, go around the schools, city parks and from that point, we will move in to just complaint areas that citizens are complaining about mosquitoes."

The priority areas for spraying will include Savannah Circle, Ware Road and Randy Sams Shelter.

Hackleman says the city dismantled its pesticide application equipment earlier this year, they say because the older equipment didn't meet recently passed state standards. With the emergency order, they'll be able to put the equipment to use again immediately.

Thursday afternoon, city employees began putting the spraying equipment back together. They hope to begin spraying between 10 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday.

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