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Mt. Charleston residents fear more flash flooding

LAS VEGAS -- People on Mt. Charleston say they're living in fear of more flash flooding.

One week ago, flooding bulldozed through the Rainbow subdivision, damaging 10 homes. Now, three of those homes are unlivable after Clark County condemned them.

Clark County Commissioners are just two days away from making an emergency declaration for the area.

Commissioners are declaring the area a disaster in order to recoup some of the flood damage costs like when a road was washed away again last week.

Meantime, state lawmakers are also stepping in to help.

Rainbow subdivision residents Becky and Duffy say they're living in constant fear of flash flooding. Just across the street, the ruined mess of their neighbor's condemned home.

"They've lost everything. We've lost a lot. We didn't lose anything like they did," Becky said.

Clark County is now making a declaration of emergency for the flooded areas. The goal is to try to recoup some of the clean-up costs through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

But the damages must add up to nearly $7 million in order to qualify. The county is still assessing how much they have spent and the constant rain is making that difficult.

"I know people are anxious but getting a little bit ahead of yourself until the rain stops. You know, we don't even know how much more is coming and that is clearly going to impact what happens in the future," Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said.

Still, Sisolak feels it is best to get this application process started.

"To have the resolution for the declaration of emergency is, I think, the most responsible thing to do and I’m confident that the board will take action," Sisolak said.

Meantime, other lawmakers are also stepping in.

"There are 15 cabins up there that are in great jeopardy,” one Rainbow subdivision resident said.

Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., took a tour of the damage Monday.

"When I look at all this debris, the waste, the roads, the curbs that are gone, this is natural disaster," Horsford said.

He says a more long-term solution is needed.

"If we are experiencing a 50 or 100 year flood, that is going to require a whole lot more infrastructure," Horsford said.

For people like Becky and Duffy, they say a solution can't come fast enough.

Clark County and the federal government are in talks right now about building a flood control channel to help the Rainbow subdivision. However, they are debating over who should shoulder the liability for the project.

People on the mountain say they are waiting for both to reach an agreement.