After record rainfall and flash flooding last week, officials are now warning residents about a new problem.
When nearly six inches of water fell down on Madisonville this week, authorities were just worried about keeping citizens safe. Now, authorities are warning of a growth in mosquitos because of that standing water.
Hopkins County officials expect to see an increase in calls concerning mosquito problems after several days of standing water this week due to Monday's flash flooding.
In past years, state officials would come in twice a year and spray for mosquitos. Recently, Hopkins County officials acquired equipment so the county could spray areas whenever they found it necessary.
"Yes, I think that one of the things that will happen is because of the standing water, we're going to have an increase in the mosquito population because of the larvae will be eggs laid. Then those will be hatching out especially in the waters that's just standing everywhere," Hopkins County Judge Executive Donald Carroll says.
Authorities urge citizens that if you do see an increase in mosquitos around where you live, call the Public Works Department to file a report.