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Relief coming for Mount Charleston residents plagued by flooding

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. -- Relief could be less than two months away for the weary people on Mount Charleston who have faced two summers of severe flooding which damaged homes and washed away a major road.

Surveyors from the Army Corps of Engineers were on the mountain Friday searching for the best place to put a new flood control channel that could save homes and lives.

Engineers say the channel will be constructed along Rainbow Canyon Boulevard. This project will cost more than $1 million. Lawmakers and federal engineers believe, without the project, the entire neighborhood would be in danger.

The federal engineers are mapping out what they call a lifeline to people in Rainbow Canyon. They are using a scanner, which they've nicknamed "Betty," to mark points along the mountainside. That information will be put into a computer to determine where the new flood channel, or berm, should be.

Crews start flood control work on Mt. Charleston

MT. CHARLESTON, Nev. -- The Army Corps of Engineers has a team on the ground at Mt. Charleston surveying and preparing the area for the construction of a temporary berm and diversion channel. The team expects to be on the mountain through the Labor Day weekend.

The corps hopes the berm and channel protect the Rainbow subdivision from flash flooding. The area has been hit hard by flash flooding during the past two monsoon seasons because natural barriers were destroyed in the Carpenter One wildfire, which destroyed 44 square miles of forest.

8 News NOW to honor Mountain Ridge Little League

 LAS VEGAS -- 8 News NOW is honoring the Mountain Ridge Little League team in a special Community Pride event Tuesday evening.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. at Arbor View High School, 7500 Whispering Sands Drive. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to come out and join the celebration.

Mountain Ridge arrived home Monday night from an historic run at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Garage, 2 cars destroyed in fire at Las Vegas home

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say the garage of a Las Vegas home and two cars parked inside have been destroyed after a fire Sunday afternoon.

Las Vegas fire department spokesman Tim Szymanski says no one was injured in the fire at the home near Interstate 215 and Bradley Road.

Szymanski says in a statement that the fire was limited to the home's garage.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Back-to-school fair Friday

Families are invited to a back-to-school fair Friday hosted by Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony.

The fair will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Durango Hills YMCA, 3521 North Durango Drive. Free school supplies will be given out to students, while supplies last.

There will also be a free showing of the movie “Monsters University.” 

BREAKING NEWS: Flash flood warning issued for Mt. Charleston

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a flash flood warning for west central Clark County until 5 p.m. Thursday.

At 2 p.m., weather service Doppler radar indicated flash flooding from a thunderstorm near the Kyle Canyon campground and Rainbow Canyon. The storm producing flash flooding was nearly stationary. Locations impacted include Rainbow Canyon, Mt. Charleston, Kyle Canyon campground, Fletcher View campground, Mary Jane Falls campground, Hilltop campground and Mahogany Grove campground.

A flash flood warning has also been issued for central Clark County until 5 p.m. At 2 p.m., Doppler radar indicated flash flooding from a thunderstorm over the central part of the county, or 15 miles southwest of Overton. The storm producing flash flooding was nearly stationary. Locations impacted include Interstate 15 between mile posts 72 and 86.

 

Skiers, cyclists fear butterfly effect

Skiers, cyclists fear butterfly effect

Skiers are worried that a plan to better protect an endangered butterfly could hurt plans to enlarge the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort.

Efforts to protect the newly endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly could spoil plans to expand portions of Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort and open its slopes to mountain bikers during the offseason.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.