LAFAYETTE, La. – The Governor’s Office for Homeland Security and Emergency Management (GOHSEP) has submitted a schedule of their aerial spray missions for the remainder of the week.
GOHSEP’s spray schedule includes flights on Thursday October 29th to complete applications in the Lafayette community. Spraying will also begin or continue in the Jeff Davis and Acadia communities.
GOHSEP says approximately 105,000 acres were sprayed in the Lafayette township on Monday evening. Flights on Thursday are expected to cover the remaining 31,000 acres.
Due to the arrival of Hurricane Zeta in southeast Louisiana, there are currently no flights scheduled for Wednesday evening, October 28th.
GOHSEP expects flights to resume Thursday, October 29th to complete the Acadia and Jefferson Davis communities.
According to GOHSEP, the schedule may change due to weather restrictions.
On Monday evening, residents of the Lafayette parish asked why a low-flying military aircraft was spraying in the parish when there were no scheduled mosquito sprays. GOHSEP answered this question on Tuesday morning.
According to Mike Steele, spokesman for GOHSEP, the Air Force had to make some adjustments to its mission plans due to weather and cloud cover issues.
The spraying was supposed to take place on Sunday, but no indication was given that the operation continued on Monday.
The operation took place around sunset on Sunday and lasted up to five hours. During this time, an Air Force C-130H modified with the Modular Aerial Spray System (MASS) “naled” the pesticide.
It’s all part of the operation announced earlier this month.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, “naled is most commonly used in the air as a ULV (Ultra-Low Volume) spray. ULV sprayers mounted on airplanes or helicopters emit very fine aerosol droplets that contain small amounts of insecticides that float through the air and kill mosquitoes on contact. The spray is diluted (only 1 to 2 tablespoons of Naled are applied per morning sprayed) and the amount that ultimately floats on the floor is small and dissolves quickly. “
Some people like Cheryl Trumps were surprised by the spraying on Monday night. As a survivor of lymphoma, Trumps took precautionary measures on Sunday night.
“We prepared for planes and really didn’t hear much,” said Trumps.
However, the next day a plane flew into their neighborhood. She was disappointed and worried about the change.
“We had grandchildren in soccer training,” said Trumps. “People who went pets. I don’t think residents were properly informed.”
She added, “There are a lot of things that could have happened last night within the 5 hour period that people might have been exposed to. I had one person tell me that their eyes were burning after seeing their eyes She was driving to her apartment where she lived. She said she ducked but didn’t know what they were doing. Later her skin burned but she washed off. “
Environmentalist Wilma Subra explained more about the chemical and what happens when a person comes into direct contact with it.
“It is a nerve-affecting chemical that can affect the nerves every time it comes into contact with the body,” Subra said. “It can cause headaches, stinging eyes, and skin irritation.”
The chemical in the spray can be harmful to people with health problems.
“Tests they have done show it is not a carcinogen, but if you have cancer or are on chemotherapy then you are one of the population at risk and you are the one who can do harm and it cannot cause cancer, but can have negative effects if you have cancer or another disease. “
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