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Construction to build berm underway on Mount Charleston
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MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev.-- A construction project to save dozens of homes has started on Mount Charleston. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are building a berm to divert rain water away from the Rainbow subdivision, an area that has been ravaged by flood waters in the past.

However, the project has left many residents feeling a little like they're in limbo.

"Until that is built and until we see that it works, I'm not going to go for a lot of money in fixing this place up," said Neal Snyder, resident at the Rainbow subdivision.

The U.S. Forest Service started making space for the berm Friday by cutting down trees in Kyle Canyon. The vegetation in this area was forever changed when much of it was devoured by the 2013 Carpenter 1 wildfire.





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"That changed all of that terrain up here. Okay? Now when it rains, the water just comes down the canyon walls and there's nothing to slow it down or divert it," said Neal Snyder, resident at the Rainbow subdivision.

Crews hope to complete the berm by November.

"They'll be putting in 12 hour days, working 13 out of every 14 days until the project is complete," said Daniel Calderon, US Army Corps of Engineers.

Scientists plan to gauge the flood waters in an effort to make sure the vegetation grows back. They said that could take between five and ten years.

The berm is temporary and it will be monitored by the state.







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