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Woman trapped in flooded bus tells her story of survival

LAS VEGAS -- A woman trapped with five other people says they were facing death when their shuttle bus became stranded on U.S. 95 near Lee Canyon.

The incident happened last month, when monsoon rains shut down both parts of the freeway for hours, covering a section with flood waters and mud.

Several cars, including the bus, were trapped in three feet of mud, boulders and rushing water. One passenger told the story of how they all survived, only to 8 News NOW.

Pat Reichert was on a shuttle bus from Las Vegas to Indian Springs, after doing some grocery shopping, when she says they approached flood waters.

Instead of turning around, she says they drove into the water and became trapped and nearly died.

“Rocks are hitting us. We're going to go down. Oh my God! Please!" Reichert told the 911 dispatcher.

The small shuttle bus with six people inside was easily swept hundreds of feet in rushing flood waters down U.S. 95.

Preparations underway for mountain flood control project

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. - The Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service are helping to prevent dangerous floods from hitting homes on Mount Charleston.

On Tuesday, crews will partially shut down Kyle Canyon Road from U.S. 95 to the turnoff to Rainbow Canyon Road to bring a bulldozer to the mountain. The bulldozer will be used for the Flood Diversion Berm project.

The project will redirect water and debris downhill, away from Rainbow Canyon Road and into an existing creek. Federal engineers mapped out the project last week.

"You'll be able to see how it all slopes down, where the different slopes are, where the different crevices meet each other, and that will show how water collects and channels down the mountain,” said federal civil engineer Michael Rivera.

The project is welcome news for people living on Mount Charleston. Some residents say the berm will bring peace of mind when the next storm hits.

Relief coming for Mount Charleston residents plagued by flooding

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.

Crews start flood control work on Mt. Charleston

MT. CHARLESTON, Nev. -- The Army Corps of Engineers has a team on the ground at Mt. Charleston surveying and preparing the area for the construction of a temporary berm and diversion channel. The team expects to be on the mountain through the Labor Day weekend.

The corps hopes the berm and channel protect the Rainbow subdivision from flash flooding. The area has been hit hard by flash flooding during the past two monsoon seasons because natural barriers were destroyed in the Carpenter One wildfire, which destroyed 44 square miles of forest.

8 News NOW to honor Mountain Ridge Little League

 LAS VEGAS -- 8 News NOW is honoring the Mountain Ridge Little League team in a special Community Pride event Tuesday evening.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. at Arbor View High School, 7500 Whispering Sands Drive. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to come out and join the celebration.

Mountain Ridge arrived home Monday night from an historic run at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Garage, 2 cars destroyed in fire at Las Vegas home

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say the garage of a Las Vegas home and two cars parked inside have been destroyed after a fire Sunday afternoon.

Las Vegas fire department spokesman Tim Szymanski says no one was injured in the fire at the home near Interstate 215 and Bradley Road.

Szymanski says in a statement that the fire was limited to the home's garage.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Back-to-school fair Friday

Families are invited to a back-to-school fair Friday hosted by Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony.

The fair will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Durango Hills YMCA, 3521 North Durango Drive. Free school supplies will be given out to students, while supplies last.

There will also be a free showing of the movie “Monsters University.”