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Residents say blocked waterway is causing mosquito problems in Marissa, Ill.

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Some residents in Marissa, Ill. say they are concerned a blocked waterway is causing mosquito problems in their neighborhood. Some residents in Marissa, Ill. say they are concerned a blocked waterway is causing mosquito problems in their neighborhood.

MARISSA, Ill. (KMOV.com) - Some residents in Marissa, Illinois say a blocked waterway is creating a mosquito problem in their community.

Victoria Pflasterer said the blocked waterway, which stretches the length of her neighborhood, has caused water to collect in her yard. 

The buildup has reportedly produced a breeding ground for mosquitoes on her property as well as others in the area.

Pflasterer said she has written several letters to the Washington County Zoning Department about the infestation but is still waiting for a solution.

"I'm told it's a wasted cause. Why should we be a wasted cause?" said Pflasterer.

David Boyster, who also lives in the neighborhood, said he wants to see the waterway clear of debris and pests.

"The mosquitoes...we can't sit outside in the evenings. You have to be in the house all the time," said Boyster.

News 4's Rob Sneed attempted to contact the county's zoning office to get answers, but no one was available for comment.

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