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Airplane Makes Emergency Landing

LAS VEGAS- A small plane flying to the North Las Vegas Airport ran out of gas and made an emergency landing on a busy street in northwest Las Vegas.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. The pilot and two passengers were on their way here from Reno when the plane ran out of fuel. So he made an emergency landing on Jones Boulevard near Cheyenne.

The Piper Cherokee landed safely without any damage and was towed into the parking lot of a Family Dollar store.

The plane is registered to Brian Owen, but was operated by John Burruel who is also listed as a owner on the Federal Aviation Administration's website. He says after he radioed air traffic controllers, his years of flying experience kicked in to avoid the many power lines, light poles, and surrounding businesses.

Residents Flock to Mt. Charleston to Enjoy the Snow

LAS VEGAS -- Mother Nature delivered the ultimate white Christmas for Mount Charleston. But this week, wild weather brought power outages and avalanche warnings.

Snow slides near the Echo and Cathedral subdivisions posed a danger and police urged people to leave fearing avalanches. Now most of the misery has turned into pure white bliss.

"The snow was absolutely phenomenal. We had seven or eight feet, depending on where on the mountain you measured it, over the course of the last week. Some of the best snow we've had actually in years up here this early in the season," said Kevin Stickelman with the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.

The resort is expecting a huge Christmas. While the storm pounded the mountain and forced residents to leave one area, visitors are flocking to hit the slopes.

Snow safety crews spent the week doing avalanche control work. Still, skiers are advised to be careful out of bounds.

Mt. Charleston Residents Urged to Leave

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County officials say residents of Mount Charleston are strongly urged to leave their homes after three snow slides overnight. Las Vegas police officers are going door-to-door to help residents get to safety.

The snow slides occurred near the Echo and Cathedral subdivisions, but the slides did not damage any structures. The county issued an avalanche advisory for Kyle Canyon Wednesday due to the accumulating snowpack. The advisory has been upgraded to an avalanche warning.

Public safety officials are also urging the public not to attempt to visit Kyle Canyon due to the avalanche threat and power outages on the mountain.

Rain Causes Headaches for Communities Across Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- Rain's been falling all day and night in southern Nevada, filling already wet streets and intersections with water. The wet weather also forced the Virgin River over its banks in Mesquite.

The days of rain are causing problems throughout the southwest, from street flooding in Las Vegas to mudslides in California.

The community of Mesquite has been hit hard by the rising water. For the most part, the rising water has now receded by as much seven or eight feet. Now the big concern is standing water and the threat of what mother nature left behind up north in Utah.

The people who live in Mesquite are not in the clear yet. Volunteers are working practically around the clock, preparing their first line of defense against standing and rising water. More than 60 tons of concrete and hundreds of sandbags are being used to fend off several feet of water.

Rain Costs Opportunity Village Thousands of Dollars

LAS VEGAS -- The rain here in Las Vegas is costing one local charity one of their biggest fundraiser's.

Opportunity Village had to close the Magical Forest down for three days, costing them more than $250,000.

The Christmas forest is their biggest fundraiser for the non-profit that helps disabled men and women. They plan to stay open through January 1, 2011.

Damaging Floods Hit Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS-- A flash flood warning has expired for north-central Clark County. Mesquite is still under a flood warning. Days of rain caused the Virgin River to flood, forcing residents to evacuate. Conditions are only expected to get worse.

The Virgin River crested above the flood stage in Mesquite early Wednesday morning. Voluntary evacuations are in place for residents. Flooding is reported east of Sage Way between East Mesquite Boulevard and East Old Mill Road.

Residents have put sandbags in front of their homes to prevent the water from coming in. The river crested around midnight, receding four feet. However, more storms are expected to hit the area.

The Mesquite Police Department began telling people who live near Beaver Dam and Littlefield, Arizona to evacuate before they were trapped. Four homes on the banks of the river were washed away.

County Declares Emergency as Storm Slams Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County is under a state of emergency after a winter storm dumped rain all over southern Nevada.

Clark County Manager Virginia Valentine issued a declaration of emergency to deal with threats of flooding in southern Nevada. The county has set up an emergency operations center to help coordinate the response to the emergency.

"Clark County has issued an emergency declaration to help the community cope with widespread impacts from this incident," said Valentine in a statement.

Southern Nevada and the western United States are getting drenched by this powerful and very slow moving storm system. Residents of the Coyote Springs Golf Course in Mesquite are banding together to throw sandbags in the path of the flood waters. So far, it has been successful in the neighborhood.