Staten Island residents feeling trapped by standing water surrounding their homes say stepping outside is now less of a health risk after help from NY1. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 for You report.
Residents forced to deal with standing water along Roma Avenue on Staten Island now have one less thing to worry about.
Last month, NY1 for You told viewers about the nuisance that's plagued the block for years. The huge puddles, a breeding ground for mosquitoes, are a looming health hazard for anyone who walks by.
"As soon as you open your door and step outside, they attack you," one resident said at the time.
"I take the dog out at night at about 10 o'clock. I have to wear long pants, a jacket and a hat because they start biting you and they're eating you alive," another resident said at the time.
At the time, NY1 for You reached out to the Department of Health. After the story aired, the department came out to test the water and found adult mosquito larvae. Giordano said they sprayed the area and are supposed to continue to do so every week.
While the mosquitoes are under control, homeowners are still stuck with the standing water until the city does something about the lack of a proper drainage system.
NY1 for You will keep viewers updated.