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April 2, 2013

W. Ind. residents say dumped tires pose hazards

Prairieton — Western Indiana residents say they're worried that hundreds if not thousands of tires dumped along a levee are posing a health hazard to them and their neighbors.

Many of the tires discarded along part of the 8-mile-long Honey Creek levee are visible from Bill Chickadaunce's land in southern Vigo County. He tells the Tribune-Star he worries that water collecting in the tires serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes that could carry the West Nile virus.

Farmer Dave Voges says the tires have been dumped for years along the levee, which holds back floodwaters from nearby Honey Creek, the Wabash River and a smaller stream.

Dale Sowards of the Vigo County Building Inspector's office said Monday he plans to investigate the tires dumped along the levee.


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