Fish flies have Lakeshore residents turning off street lights

The town's mayor says, in some instances, a street light will be disconnected just one or two days after it has been repaired.

Some lights disconnected within one or two days of being fixed, mayor says

The mayor of Lakeshore says people started disconnecting lights in early-to-mid-June when fish fly season began. (Gail MacLellan)

The Town of Lakeshore is reminding residents not to disconnect street lights in their neighbourhoods.

Fish fly season started in early-to-mid-June. According to mayor Tom Bain, that's when people started tampering with the lights, hoping to keep the bugs away.

The problem isn't a major one, but it can be consistent when it does happen. Bain said there have been times when crews have reconnected a street light only for someone to disconnect it again "a day or two later."

"It's a matter of pulling staff off of their present jobs and sending them over, connecting the lights back up again — only to find out someone's disconnected them again," said Bain.

It looks like dirt, but it's actually fish flies covering the walls of the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore. (Bob Becken/CBC)

"It's a cost to taxpayers' money to have staff running over there connecting lights back up."

According to Bain, police have been unable to arrest or charge anyone for disconnecting street lights since no one has been caught in the act.

"Fish fly season is short — and it's something everyone has to put up with," said Bain. "It's part of nature. Our best advice is please do not mess with those street lights."

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