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Soggy mystery solved in Arlington

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A water leak has caused a big mess in one Arlington neighborhood, leaving stagnant water and pools of mosquito larvae.

Residents say water has been flowing down the sidewalk for about a month. It has saturated some people's backyards and patio.

Tawana Patton says she has to keep constant watch on her kids because her backyard is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"If I open the door, the back door, mosquitoes just swarm in," Patton said. "I'm constantly watching my kids and just the foundation it seems like it's getting worse. And just the water - we can't mow our grass or anything. It's just really bad."

Residents called FOX 4 after they got no response from the city of Arlington. FOX 4 called and Mike Bass, Arlington's Code Compliance head, came to see the problem for himself.

Bass said the water leak is coming from a house on the next street over. He said the dry weather may have caused the foundation to shift and break a water pipe.

The woman who lives in the house says she rents, and did not know about the leak.

The city says its the homeowner's responsibility to make repairs. Residents affected were told to use larvicide products to control the mosquitoes.

The city may issue a citation against the landlord.

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