Flagler County Expecting Major Influx Of Mosquitos After Rain From Irma

By on September 20, 2017 in WNDB News

Flagler County, FL – Due to the amount of rainfall Irma brought to the area, Flagler County Administration is lending its support to the East Flagler Mosquito Control District to help ease the influx of mosquitoes.

“We’ve asked the District to pursue all means necessary to get additional resources, and to spray whatever they deem necessary to control the pending outbreak of mosquitoes, and to include all areas impacted,” said Flagler County Administrator, Craig Coffey. “We have also been reaching out to our state and federal contacts, on behalf of the District. We have requested that resources be lined up and ready-to-go in anticipation of Flagler County meeting the state-required mosquito-population thresholds which can trigger additional state and federal support and expanded aerial spraying.”

Flagler County is expected to have large amounts of mosquitoes from September 21 and beyond. The East Flagler Mosquito Control, a taxing authority and elected governing board, is separate from Flagler County Government but County commissioners and staff have extended their help regardless.

“Flagler County received over 12 inches of rain on top of an already saturated landscape,” said Coffey. “When this rain is added with Intracoastal and St. John’s backup and the storm surge- greater than we’ve experienced in 40 years- it has created an ideal water environment for a tsunami of mosquitoes and potentially the diseases they can carry. By being proactively involved, we hope to limit the immediate impacts to our residents and lessen the next generation of mosquitoes, even potentially saving the District and/or state money by reducing the need for future efforts.”

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2017.

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