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Itchy Situation in West Fargo

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It's the high risk season for West Nile virus and that's concerning for some people in West Fargo.
Those living along the Sheyenne river say the water has turned green and has become a major mosquito habitat.

Peter Karl lives along the Sheyenne river in West Fargo and says this body of water has become more of a dump.

"Part of the Sheyenne river was cut off during the diversion and now it is just contained with algae," says Karl.

Karl says this water isn't just unpleasant to look at and stinks, he says it's become a breeding habitat for mosquitoes.

"You can't even get close to it with or getting bit up with out trying," says Karl.

He says this is a problem that needs to be fixed.

"It use to be always flowing but every year they keep closing gates," says Karl.

"We have rules from the army corps of engineers when we can open and shut gates," says Public Works Director Barry Johnson.

Johnson says every year they hear people complain about the mucky water.

"It's part of having a diversion, part of saving our city," says Johnson.

"We know that the interior water sits there and we're working with Cass County and the Army Corps for solutions. We're thinking of putting smaller pipes in but we have nothing yet," says Johnson.

For Peter Karl, he says it's time they figure something out, for the sake of his arms and legs that are already chewed up.

The good news is that the city of West Fargo believes they will be able to open up the flood gates and the river will start flowing again sometime next week.

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