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Gov. Sandoval tours flood-damaged Mt. Charleston

LAS VEGAS  — Gov. Brian Sandoval toured the Southern Nevada subdivision where a muddy flash flood this week damaged 10 homes and cut off water for dozens of residents.

UPDATE: Flash flood warnings expire

4:30 PM UPDATE: All flash flood warnings have been allowed to expire.

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for west central Clark County until 4:15 p.m.

At around 1:00 p.m., weather service Doppler radar indicated flash flooding from a thunderstorm near Kyle Canyon campground on Mt. Charleston. The storm producing flash flooding was nearly stationary.

Locations impacted include Mt. Charleston, Kyle Canyon campground, Fletcher View campground, Hilltop campground, Mahogany Grove campground, Mary Jane Falls campground and Centennial Hills.

There is also a flash flood warning for northeastern San Bernardino County and south central Clark County until 6 p.m. At 3 p.m. Friday, weather service Doppler radar indicated flash flooding from a thunderstorm near Nipton Road mile marker 3, which is about 13 miles west of Searchlight. 

County plans disaster declaration for Mt. Charleston

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County plans to make a disaster declaration for Mt. Charleston because of Monday's storm, according to a county spokesman.

Some estimates put the damage at $6 million. An official estimate should be completed Friday. The declaration will be put on the Clark County Commission agenda. If approved, it will go onto the state for financial consideration.


Boil-water order lifted for Kyle Canyon

LAS VEGAS -- The boil water order has been lifted for Kyle Canyon, according to the Las Vegas Valley Water District.

The district says sampling of the water over the past 48 hours has shown no detectable contaminants in the water. People living in the lower Rainbow subdivision and throughout Kyle Canyon can now use their water normally.

The water district issued a precautionary boil water order Monday because of a severe leak in the canyon’s water system caused by flash flooding.

On ramp closing for freeway widening project

A ramp that connects a busy road to the U.S. 95 will be closing Sunday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Aug. 15.

The northbound Buffalo Drive on ramp to northbound U.S. 95 will close at 9 p.m. and is not expected to reopen until 5 a.m. Friday.

Traffic will be detoured to Durango Drive on ramp to U.S. 95. Nevada Department of Transportation crews need to close the ramp to prepare for the widening of U.S. 95 from Ann Road to Durango Drive.

Crews will be working on the area nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. throughout the duration of the project.

Road repaired, water pipe fixed for Mount Charleston residents

LAS VEGAS -- Monday's flash flooding left many on Mount Charleston running out of options. The storm not only wiped out the main road into Rainbow subdivision, but left more than 100 homes without water.

The water was back in service Wednesday for most residents and Rainbow Canyon Road once again opened to traffic. Parts of the road had collapsed in the flooding posing a danger to drivers. Although the road is now passable, there is still a lot of work to be done. In all, 10 homes in the area were damaged.

From Allison Sosa's back porch, Monday's powerful waters raged as dark skies loomed overhead. She is already forming another plan for the next time Mother Nature hits.

"It's raining right now. So it makes me think of moving the car out of the driveway and onto Kyle Canyon until the storm passes. At least if we had to get out, and had no power or water again, we could still get to our car," Sosa said.

Monsoon rains wash away important mountain road

LAS VEGAS -- The runoff from Monday's monsoon rains have damaged a vital artery for people living on part of Mt. Charleston.

The Rainbow Subdivision was pounded by heavy rain and hail. More than $150,000 has been used to repair Rainbow Canyon Boulevard from last year's Carpenter One wildfire and the floods that followed.

On Monday, most of that progress was washed away. The road was just days away from being repaved after last year's devastating floods.

"I just think it's a shame. This didn't have to happen, and now they are going to be mad at us because they're doing all this work and spending all the money on the mountain. This wasn't our fault this happened," subdivision resident Becky Grismanauskas said.

Grismanauskas is a long-time Mt. Charleston resident. She is furious more hasn't been done to fix what has become a constant concern.