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Cahokia man says city dug up ditches, causing big mosquito problem

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Cahokia resident Francisco Vargas says ditches dug by the city in his neighborhood have caused a big mosquito problem. Credit: KMOV Cahokia resident Francisco Vargas says ditches dug by the city in his neighborhood have caused a big mosquito problem. Credit: KMOV
CAHOKIA (KMOV.com) -

News 4 got answers for a man who said his neighborhood is plagued with mosquitoes. 

Francisco Vargas said he can’t even let his grandchild outside to play because the bites are so bad.

“We have a lot of mosquitoes, and I got two grandchildren,” said Vargas.

Vargas said those mosquitoes are coming from a ditch in his front yard on Richard Street.  He's lived there for more than 20 years, and said he's never seen it this bad before.

“They dig too deep so the water don't go nowhere.  It's still there for days.  That's why we get mosquitoes,” said Vargas.

Vargas said he's contacted Cahokia village officials several times with no response, so he reached out to News 4 who went directly to public works director Ron Tapley.   He said crews are working to fix the problem.

“We are dredging the ditches and replacing pipes as needed,” said Tapley.

Tapley said it is part of a $12,000-$14,000 project.  Over the years debris clogged some of the pipes in the ditches and that has caused them to fill with standing water.  Tapley hopes everyone will be patient as crews work to fix this problem.

“I can guarantee by the time we're done.  The water will be out of his driveway and out from his front yard,” said Tapley.

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