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NW flood project in a race against Mother Nature

LAS VEGAS -- Monsoon season isn't over yet and that has some northwest families concerned who are sending their kids back to school in just a few weeks.

On the first day of school last year, Arbor View High School was caught in the middle of major flooding in northwest Las Vegas. The intersection of Grand Teton and Buffalo drives was basically impassable. There was heavy flooding causing cars and buses to get stuck and many students were late to class. Nearby families are hoping Mother Nature cooperates when schools start on Aug. 25.

Flood control officials say they are doing everything they can to keep the project on schedule.

Fifteen-year-old Nicole Ramos says her first day as a freshman at Arbor View High School was unforgettable, but not quite in the way she expected.

"We were sitting there thinking are we going to make it to school," Ramos said.

"It was completely flooded, Grand Teton was completely flooded," said Shannon Ramos, her mother,

The flooded mess welcomed tens of thousands of kids back to school. Now, a year later, construction crews are working to build a permanent solution to end flash flooding in the northwest part of town.

"We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," said Steve Parrish, Clark County Regional Flood Control District.

Parrish, the district manager, says the two-mile project to build underground storm drains east of U.S. 95 is now halfway done. It will take until next May to complete the work aimed at protecting homes and businesses from Rainbow Boulevard to Durango Drive along Grand Teton Drive. Officials say the construction did face some delays due to monsoon storms.

"These are flood control projects and we are building them where it floods, that hampers our construction," parrish said.

"I think you have to be patient and learn the alternates as you go," said Sarah Cannon, a parent.

She just moved to Las Vegas from Utah and says seeing the flood control project underway.

"We are hoping it doesn't rain and crossing our fingers."

Flood control officials recommend people download their free smart phone app called "Flood Spot" which has been around a for the past year. Users can get real time info on flooded areas and also report where they see flooding. More than 3,000 people have downloaded it so far.