Water that has not yet receded back into the Neosho River banks is causing concern among city and county leaders.
The City of Miami and Ottawa County commissioners say they have been aggressive with mosquito control, but standing water is making their task difficult.
Commission chairman Russell Earls said Monday that water remains across one road in his district, where South 580 Road crosses Hudson Creek.
Additionally, water has not yet receded from Twin Bridges Park near Wyandotte nor the south side of Riverview Park in Miami.
Earls said he placed calls to the Grand River Dam Authority which advised that authorities there believed the Neosho River to be completely back within its banks.
“That is not the case,” Earls said. “We still have water standing in more than one place.”
Nearly a month after the Neosho River began to swell to a record-setting 29.25 feet - nearly 15 feet above flood stage - water remains pooled in several areas throughout Ottawa County.
The commissioner said GRDA officials indicated that they would come to Ottawa County to see where water has not yet receded.
Miami City Manager Michael Spurgeon said Monday that he believes water remains in Riverview Park for a couple of reasons - the slow receding of water and also the likelihood that debris is acting as a dam in some places and prohibiting water from moving out of low areas.
Spurgeon said city administrators will discuss the standing water today and determine what further action is needed.
Both the city and the county have briefly discussed aerial fogging, but admit that the procedure is costly.
“We have to determine what is the best and most cost-effective method,” Spurgeon said.