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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.

Northwest neighbors taking flooding, construction in stride

LAS VEGAS -- It's a monsoon deja vu for people living in parts of the northwest valley. Storms coming down Sunday night meant a messy commute Monday morning, especially along Grand Teton Drive.

It is the same neighborhood where roads turned into rivers last year due to flash flooding. A major flood control project is now underway to help divert rainwater off the roads.

But for now, many neighbors are taking both the rain and the construction in stride.

People who live in the neighborhood near Grand Teton and Buffalo drives say the construction is necessary.

The saying goes "when it rains, it pours" and that was the case at Rosati's pizza Sunday night.

"Our phones were ringing like crazy! That's good, that's good," Rosati’s owner Ken Corbett said.

Corbett says he made 70 pizza deliveries in just a matter of hours because a monsoon storm flooded streets, kept people home and calling out for dinner.

UPDATE: Flash flood warning extended until 6

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warning for Clark County until 6 p.m. Monday.

Weather service doppler radar indicated flash flooding from a thunderstorm near Kyle Canyon campground on Mt. Charleston. The storm producing flash flooding was nearly stationary. The storm is over the area burned by the Carpenter 1 fire. Runoff from the burn area will eventually wash into the far northwest part of the Las Vegas valley including the area along Grand Teton Drive.

Radar also indicates flash flooding from a thunderstorm near Sandy Valley. The storm was located on Sandy Valley Road between Sandy Valley and Goodsprings, according to the weather service.

There is a chance for isolated thunderstorms for the Las Vegas valley Monday afternoon and evening. There is a chance of heavy rain, lightning and gusty winds with these storms.





Vehicle buried in mud after driving in flood basin

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say a vehicle was buried in mud over the weekend after its driver tried to cruise through a Las Vegas-area retention basin as it filled with runoff.

Spokeswoman Erin Neff of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District says the male driver was helped out by a friend and was not hurt in the Sunday evening incident. But she says another vehicle that tried to winch out the first one also got stuck.

Neff says the man was driving through the Kyle Canyon Detention Basin following an afternoon rainstorm when waters from the nearby Spring Mountains started rushing into it.

The water rose to about eight feet.

Neff said people need to stay out of the basin and should be careful about potentially deadly flash floods after desert rainstorms.

Coroner identifies man killed in 'road rage' incident

LAS VEGAS -- The Coroner's Office has identified the man killed during what Metro Police say was a "road rage" incident in the northwest part of valley early Saturday morning.

He's 28-year-old Christopher Dodge of Las Vegas.

Lieutenant Ray Steiber with Metro's homicide division says police received a call from a passerby, just after midnight, to report a body on the sidewalk near near Racel Street and El Capitan Way.

Steiber says a preliminary investigation shows a "road rage incident" led to a fight that ultimately led to Dodge's death.

Police are currently looking for two suspects in connection with the case. Witnesses say they saw a white vehicle driven by an African-American woman with a light-skinned African-American man in the passenger seat.

This is the 67th Homicide in Metro's jurisdiction for 2014. 





Anyone with information in connection to this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Firefighters respond to early morning house fire

Las Vegas-- A man and his dog were found on the roof of a home trying to escape a house fire early Sunday morning. Firefighters

responded to a fire at 4901 Vega Lane, near Torrey Pines Drive and Lone Mountain Road, just after 2:30 a.m. Arriving crews saw saw smoke and flames coming from the window of an upstairs bedroom on the second floor of the home. Fire crews were able to rescue the man and his dog.

The man told investigators that the fire started because of careless smoking. The man said, his exit was blocked from the bedroom so he escaped out the window to the roof and waited for help.

The fire, which was confined to the bedroom, was put out by firefighters in a matter of minutes.

The damage is estimated at $20,000. The Red Cross is helping the three people who were displaced by the fire.

Weekend rain floods northwest valley streets

LAS VEGAS - Weekend rain is taking its toll on the northwest valley. Runoff from Mount Charleston caused street flooding in a northwest neighborhood familiar with the problem.

Buffalo Drive remains closed to traffic Monday at Grand Teton Drive due to flooding. The intersection was already partially closed due to the construction work for a flood channel.

The project was put on the fast track after last summer's heavy flooding in the same area. The flooding was a result of the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston which removed vegetation and natural flood barriers allowing water and debris to flow down the mountain and into the northwest valley neighborhoods. That flooding caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.