Sioux City expects damage from ash killer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A city official says Sioux City can expect up to $11 million in damage when the insect killer of ash trees reaches the northwest Iowa city.

The Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1af68L1 ) says parks maintenance field supervisor Kelly Bach told the City Council on Monday that it’s just a matter of time before the emerald ash borer beetle is found in Sioux City. Bach says ash trees account for nearly a third of Sioux City’s trees.

State officials said last month that an emerald ash borer had been found in a residential tree in the southwestern Iowa city of Creston. It’s the fifth location in Iowa where the beetle has been found. The Creston sighting was the first in western Iowa.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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