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.