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Flooding causes problems for NW valley streets again

LAS VEGAS -- The rainstorm caused flooding along a familiar area -- Grand Teton and Buffalo drives -- in northwest Las Vegas. A new storm drain project did keep the west side of U.S. 95 dry, but the east side was soaked and flooded.

More than 12 hours after rain drenched the valley, there was still water flowing from the Kyle Canyon detention basin miles away.

The storm drain project does have slight setbacks from heavy flooding, but it will eventually help solve the flooding that has plagued that area every time it rains. July and August are the most risky months for the area.

Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross visited the flooded area once again. He stops by whenever there is a heavy downpour.

"This is just nasty," Ross said. "And it's trash day so it just kind of compounds things."

The flooding is not as severe as what occurred last summer after the the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston.

"That was more like a 150 year flood event and in my opinion we have a 100 year flood event every year," Ross said.

The $17 million Grand Teton storm drain project is being pieced together slowly from the mountain down to Grand Teton.

"We hope everyone can be patient with us. These are huge concrete boxes that we're installing under the street," said Erin Neff, Regional Flood Control District.

With each concrete box installed, the floodwaters from Mount Charleston are expected to stay underneath the street longer and eventually spill into Lake Mead. The project is slated to be done in June 2015.

"It's a couple weeks. We're on track for getting the Buffalo intersection done in time for school, to get that road paved so Harbor View buses can get in there," Neff said.

"That is a number one priority. The contractors are working very hard. This is a setback for a couple of days. There's a lot of water down there, a lot of water damage and a lot of water still flowing out of the Kyle Canyon detention basin," Ross said. "It looks like a war zone down there."

Ross noticed several children in the are of the flooding. Ross encourages parents to warn their kids about the dangers.


City Councilman Steve Ross observes flooding.