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Fresh rain brings flooding concerns

LAS VEGAS - Mother Nature brought a fresh round of rain to the valley Monday, raising concerns of additional flooding on Tuesday.

With monsoon season in full swing, first responders are reminding the public about the risks that come with thunderstorms and flooding.

Heavy rain on Mount Charleston Monday afternoon sent a river of water down the mountain and into northwest valley neighborhoods.

The water’s speed, combined with debris that it carries, makes it extremely dangerous.

Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue says he and his team are ready to help anyone stranded or hurt in a flash flood.

Firefighters undergo special training to prepare them to respond to disasters. Szymanski says responding to flood-related emergencies can be dangerous for emergency crews. He urges the community to avoid flood water at all costs.

Flood water and mud trapped two vehicles in the Kyle Canyon Detention Basin on Sunday. The trucks were off-roading, and the drivers didn’t see the flood water coming.

If your vehicle gets stuck in flood water, Szymanski advises you to stay calm.

"You always want to stay with the vehicle, make a call to 911, tell them where you are at. We'll come as quickly as we can. You won't be able to survive out in the water," Szymanski said.

Staying with your car makes it easier for firefighters to rescue you by helicopter. If flood water strands you in your home, go to the highest level.

Firefighters say it's easy to get trapped in a flash flood, but very difficult to get out. If you are driving, and you see water flooding the roads, turn around and seek an alternate route.