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Millions spent to control flooding in Las Vegas valley

Over the last decade, the Clark County Regional Flood Control District has spent more than $100 million in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

Engineers hope a project will help alleviate flooding in those neighborhoods.

"When it rains here, it'll flood rather quickly," said Diane Lechefsky, lives in the neighborhood.

You might remember the gully washer in the northwest valley last summer?

"It looked like the Missouri River," said Will Miller, who spoke with 8 News NOW on July 25, 2017 following the downpour and flooding.

Brent Lane near Durango and Grand Teton became first a raging river then a muddy bog. The Clark County Regional Flood Control District had just started work on a new drainage system.

"Water carried on down Brent Lane and ended up basically flooding the project," said engineer Todd Myers... Read More

Police investigating 2 people shot to death

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the deaths of two people Wednesday morning near Washington Avenue and Rancho Drive.

The bodies were discovered around 7:11 a.m. in the 2900 block of Washington Ave.

This is a developing story... Read More

More pictures of small plane that crashed in golf course pond

The airplane that was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday night in northwest Las Vegas was carrying a pilot and one passenger.

The small plane crash landed into a pond at Painted Desert Golf Club just before 6 p.m.

The plane is registered to Sin City Flying Club. 8 News NOW attempted to contact the club but was unable to reach anyone.

Lois Dohra, a resident in the neighborhood near Lone Mountain Road and U.S. 95 took some pictures immediately after the crash.

One of the photos appears to show one of the men in the water next to the sinking tail of the aircraft.

According to the FAA, It's up to the pilot to determine the best way to respond to an emergency.

FAA flight training regulations require pilots to undergo instruction including how to handle abnormal occurrences, equipment malfunctions and other emergency procedures... Read More

Moped driver hurt in crash, Metro says

Metro Police investigated a single-vehicle crash Friday near N. Rancho Drive and N. Jones Boulevard. The accident involved a moped rider, police said.

According to officers, the initial investigation indicates the moped rider lost control of the vehicle and fell off.

The rider sustained moderate head injuries and was taken to UMC Trauma in critical condition.

No other details were released... Read More

Police: 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide

Authorities say two people are dead after a murder-suicide in Las Vegas.

Police said the man and woman were found Sunday night after a domestic disturbance off of W. Alexander Road near N. Grand Canyon Drive.

Las Vegas police say it appears a man fatally shot his wife and then himself. A, teen who was in the home, called police.

Authorities did not immediately identify those involved... Read More

CCSD opens 6 new schools Monday

Starting Monday morning, Clark County School District students will have six brand new elementary schools. It's part of a larger effort to deal with a booming population and growth in the Las Vegas valley.

This map shows the locations of those new elementary schools.

There is a heavy concentration of them in the southwest part of the valley which is an area that is still growing. 8 News NOW had a chance to tour one of the new schools, Shelley Berkley Elementary, ahead of it's ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.

"Every single thing in this building had to be ordered from pencils to chairs, everything," said Dr. Diane Lewis, school principal.

In just a few days, 600 uniformed kids and 60 staff will descend on Shelley Berkley Elementary which is a new two-story elementary school in the southwest valley... Read More

Centennial flyover brings traffic relief to the northwest

The commute in the northwest part of the valley should be smoother. Drivers will be able to travel on the Centennial Bowl interchange.

NDOT and community leaders celebrated the grand opening Wednesday by draping a 50 by 20 foot American flag off the project.

The new flyover connects westbound 215 to southbound U.S. 95. It's a half-mile long.

NDOT says it will improve traffic, mobility and safety for drivers at the third busiest interchange in the state.
The Regional Flood Control District is one of several agencies that pitched in for the $47 million project.

"They pitched in for some of the Regional Flood Control elements and boxed culverts that are underground. You can't see them but they protect life and property here in this northwest part of the valley," said Rudy Malfabon, director, NDOT.

This kicks off the first phase of the project... Read More