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Mount Charleston residents flooded with frustration

LAS VEGAS -- Some of the people living on Mount Charleston say they're reaching their breaking point. They've now dealt with a major wildfire and two serious floods in the past year.

They are hoping a new flood control project will be put in to protect their homes, but that project is only in discussion.

Monday's floodwaters were so powerful they crashed through the windows of Rodney Dukes basement filling it with two feet of mud. Dukes knew the storm was coming before he even saw it.

"You bet it's frightening. It's, when you hear all this roaring of water, and then you see it, and then there's nothing you can do, it's just so strong," Dukes said. "You can't stop this stuff."

Now, his home of 30 years is uninhabitable after Monday's storm.

"Right now, it's about two-and-a-half foot of mud right there on the first floor level," he said.

Powerful waters pushed mountain rocks the size of small boulders into Rainbow subdivision homes and this is not the first time. Last summer, there was similar flash flooding following the Carpenter 1 wildfire.

"You think, maybe I should just get out, but I mean, it's the first house we've ever bought, ever owned, so what are you going to do?" Mount Charleston resident Greta Weist said.

Clark County and the federal government are considering a flood control project that would divert water away from Rainbow subdivision homes. However, both are still debating over who needs to shoulder the liability of the issue. A Clark County spokesperson says if something were to go wrong, taxpayers would have to pay for it and that could be a big risk.

"We've got more rain coming next week so we're just going to clean it out as much as we can and see what happens," said Tony Cuglietta with High Desert Landscape & Design. He was hired by homeowners to help clean up the mess.

Some residents are even considering adding their own flood diversion walls -- at their own expense -- as they wait for a deal to be reached.

"We can't really finish anything, it's going to keep happening," Cuglietta said.

The people who live on Mount Charleston say they hope the rains can hold off until a solution can be worked out.

There is still is no formal timeline in the works for when the flood control project could be a reality. Clark County officials say they are in discussion with the Army Corp of Engineers. The county is willing to fund the project, but has not been able to come to agreeable terms with the Army Corps of Engineers on liability for the facility.