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Commissioners vote to declare emergency on Mt. Charleston

LAS VEGAS - Clark County commissioners voted Wednesday to declare a state of emergency for the Rainbow and Kyle Canyon subdivisions on Mount Charleston.

The vote is the beginning of a potentially lengthy process to bring financial help to residents hit hard by flooding from monsoon rains. Clark County officials are assessing the damage caused by this year's storms. Heavy rain destroyed homes, roads and a water pipe.

The cost of damage must reach $6.8 million or more for the county to qualify for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak says they will not have a total cost of damage for several weeks, but he says it’s important to vote on the declaration now.

"You have to get it started at some point. What we're doing now is getting it started as quickly as we possibly can,” he said. “We're a long way from getting any money or having anything done, because we haven't even fully seen the impact of what's happened yet, and they're predicting more rain for the rest of this week."

Now that the resolution has passed, the state will take over. Sisolak says he does not know how long the process will take.

If the declaration is approved by all government levels, Clark County would be reimbursed for money spent to clean up debris and repair damaged roads, buildings and infrastructure.

Monsoon season is expected to last another month. If Mount Charleston continues to receive rain, Sisolak says the process could be delayed.