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City tells bug infested neighborhood: "Our hands are tied"
Residents in a part of North Las Vegas say their neighborhood has been consumed by a stench and bugs... lots of bugs. Tuesday night they appealed to the city. Video by ktnv.comvideo
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Residents in a part of North Las Vegas say their neighborhood has been consumed by a stench and bugs... lots of bugs.
Tuesday night those residents appealed to the North Las Vegas Utility Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the city council, to do something about the problem.
"Open your mouth if you're outside, the bugs are terrible," one resident told the board.
"I'm confined in my house now because I can't go out in the daytime," said another.
The problems started last summer when North Las Vegas began using the Sloan Flood Control Channel to dump waste water from the city's new treatment plant.
Since then, Clark County has filed a lawsuit to block the channel's use.
While the issue is caught up in the courts, the advisory board Tuesday night told residents that they were being asked not to act or even comment.
"We're people just like you, so yes we are in sympathy with you. Don't feel like we're not listening," said the advisory board's chairperson Gay Shoaff. "It's just our hands are tied right now. We're really sorry."
Residents weren't satisfied with that response, saying the longer they wait they become more concerned about the health impact this waste water and these bugs will have.
Ultimately, they would like the water covered or running through a pipe.
Some residents tell Action News, as long as the water flows freely, they are considering a class action lawsuit.