The Rest of Dallas County Will Get Its Aerial Coating of Poison Tonight at 9

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Danny Hurley
Last night it most of the north and east parts of Dallas and the Park Cities; tonight it's everywhere else. County Judge Clay Jenkins and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings held a press conference at the Dallas County Administration building this afternoon to lay out their plans to murder every single mosquito across 101,000 acres.

Jenkins explained that last night's spraying, meant to cover some 52,000 acres, was interrupted around midnight by rain. "I'd ask all your viewers to pray for good weather," he told the assembled T.V. crews, so that the four pesticide-bearing planes can finish up those areas tonight and move on to the rest of the county.

The cities to be sprayed tonight include Coppell, Carrollton, Addison, Farmers Branch, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite and Grand Prairie, including the portions of GP that belong to Ellis and Tarrant Counties. Mesquite has requested that only the areas north of I-30 be sprayed, Jenkins said. The remaining cities in the southern portion of Dallas County have until 2 p.m. on Tuesday to let the state know if they'd like to be sprayed aerially or using trucks.

If the spraying tonight is completed on schedule, Rawlings said the plan is to cease spraying for two days to judge the effectiveness of the first round and to let any remaining mosquito larvae hatch. Monday and Tuesday would be reserved for a "second swath" of spray, he said. Inclement weather could push tonight's spraying into Saturday. Traps will be laid out over the weekend to try to gauge how many mosquitoes were killed.

Jenkins said there "no admissions related to West Nile" were reported at any area hospitals last night, nor were there any statistical spikes in asthma attacks as some had feared would be the result of the spraying.

"We don't expect to hear any reports," Jenkins added. Other cities throughout the country "had had this sprayed on them for years," he said. "Why would our cities be any different than any others who have experienced this?" The spray poses an "incredible risk to West Nile-bearing mosquitoes," he said. "But it is not an unreasonable risk to you or your family."

Yesterday, WFAA reported that an injunction had been filed in an attempt to stop the spray (although we can no longer find that story on their website). Jenkins said today that although his office had received a letter from a law firm indicating an intent to file suit, the state of emergency he declared last week "trumps legal maneuvers" to stop the spray.

"They can file their suit, but it won't stop our spraying," he said.

Jenkins said too that he "shook the hands of all the people loading the chemicals" onto the planes before they departed.

"Watching the plane take off, I knew our citizens would be safer the next day."

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J_A_
J_A_

It's funny there was torrential downpours on Friday in North Dallas. I wonder if they sprayed before that? Maybe the rain washed it all away, down the sewers to everyone's drinking supply. Isn't this how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were born?

engmofo
engmofo

Pics of dead fish in Turtle Creek on FB this am

downtownworker
downtownworker

Soledad O'Brien: Nice to see you sir. Thank you for talking with us. We appreciate it.

Mayor Mike Rawlings: Good to have me.

shockabilly2
shockabilly2

The article says there was no statistical spike in astma reported.

My wife was unable to take a breath or stop throwing up for over 30 minutes early Friday morning  after the spraying in Richardson and Garland was done. And we live in N.E. Plano near 2 of the  the sprayed areas. Richardson and Garland.The city of Plano was catuious enough to opt out of spraying yet she was strongly affected by it. The ER at Coit and 15th she was taken to by ambulance because she could not breath said it was Broncitis.But not to our face. Only on the paper we got upon leaving. She had no weeez or cough and doeas't have Broncitis. They did nothing except act like she was a hypocondriac even though the doctor watched  her gasping and throwing up still as she lay in the room there and they did nothing except hand her a puke catcher.

 My wife was taken to the Er a few years ago with similar symptoms a few years ago when she touched a can of Raid.

 This is toxic and potentialy  dangerous and should be of greater concern to everyone.. She is very scared at this moment because they sprayed those areas around us again tonight. By the way she is 30 and in good heath.  We went to Galveston over the weekend hoping to avoid further spraying. What are  we to do ? 

Americano
Americano

Apparently, expecting government to solve all our problems isn't such a good idea now.  It may take a while, but eventually, they gore everyone's ox, whether you supported them or not.

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

Why would they care if people are out? It's perfectly safe remember?! Of course it is. If they keep repeating that, maybe it will become true.

John Scott
John Scott

My main concern is that there will be a ton of people having some neurotoxin sprayed on them as it is Friday night, there will be tons of people out. I mean come on, seriously? Is the city really that obtuse?

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

The city didn't pay for the spray, the state did.

DARRD
DARRD

You do know that there is a 'no fly zone' over W's house in Preston Hollow. Gotta wonder who else lives within that no fly zone. Hmmmmm...

Yahoo news says it's a mile wide no fly zone.

Christy Eppinette Bowers
Christy Eppinette Bowers

I was bit by a HP mosquito. I'd panic if I wasn't a rational person infected with common sense.

R.s. Rosenquist
R.s. Rosenquist

I'm just excited about the collapse of the ecosystem that depends on eating mosquitoes and other small insects that are going to be killed by this spray. Well, either the collapse of our ecosystem, or the complete waste of money by the city because the alternative scenario is the spray doesn't work. Either way, Clarke must have some good buddies in City Hall.

engmofo
engmofo

Maybe we could take some flea foggers down to City hall set 'em off & kill all the parasites there?

Dena Gabriel
Dena Gabriel

*dislike* poison in any amount is dangerous for every living thing as well as ground and water :( notice increase in disease as everything is chemically drenched... from food we eat to tracking it into homes on the bottom of shoes. No forethought to dangers.

Seth Magill
Seth Magill

I know somebody who was bit by a mosquito in highland park today! Some stuff eh?

soonermaniac
soonermaniac

I hope both of them and every mayor of every city being sprayed are booted out of office the next election. 

Davey Jones
Davey Jones

this is not funny....there'd be a whole buncha zombies

Charice Shannon
Charice Shannon

My first thought was...AH HA, so THIS is how the Zombie Apocalypse starts?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

It's funny that Clay Jenkins ducked behind Mayor Rawlings emergency declaration.  That doesn't mean a damned thing for the COUNTY!  Might as well have been the Houston Mayor.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @shockabilly2 Likely psychosomatic.  You should worry about your wife, as the wind wasn't blowing the small amount of spray that never got to Garland or Mesquite.  The spraying was only done over the PArk Cities and Lakewood Thurs night, then halted due to rain. 

jddavis
jddavis

 @DARRD I noticed a mention of an "exclusion area" including George Bush's home a few days ago in a local news article...upon further investigation I realized the restricted airspace over his home...I've been trying to figure out how large the area is...not sure if anyone else realizes this but Mayor Mike Rawlings lives about a mile from George Bush.

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