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Damaging Floods Hit Southern Nevada

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LAS VEGAS-- A flash flood warning has expired for north-central Clark County. Mesquite is still under a flood warning. Days of rain caused the Virgin River to flood, forcing residents to evacuate. Conditions are only expected to get worse.

The Virgin River crested above the flood stage in Mesquite early Wednesday morning. Voluntary evacuations are in place for residents. Flooding is reported east of Sage Way between East Mesquite Boulevard and East Old Mill Road.

Residents have put sandbags in front of their homes to prevent the water from coming in. The river crested around midnight, receding four feet. However, more storms are expected to hit the area.

The Mesquite Police Department began telling people who live near Beaver Dam and Littlefield, Arizona to evacuate before they were trapped. Four homes on the banks of the river were washed away.

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The Red Cross set up a temporary shelter at Virgin Valley High School, but no families had taken advantage of it. Some residents opted to take their chances.

"My entire family lives here and when it was up there a little bit, they said it would probably be another three feet before it entered into my front door," said Mesquite resident Melissa Eaton.

City leaders are taking cues from the damage left behind after a disastrous storm in 2005. Preparing for the worst, they have evacuated homes and shut off power near the river's edge.

Mesquite's mayor said they were surprised how quickly the rain came and how quickly it flooded. The City of Mesquite has set up an information line 702-346-5295 ext. 5101.

Further northeast, St. George, Utah is under a state of emergency. Zion National Park is also closed.

Snow and rain is creating an extremely dangerous situation up on Mount Charleston. Driving conditions are hazardous and there are hundreds of people without power.

Kyle Canyon Road is closed, along with State Route 156 and State Route 158.

Officials are asking everyone to stay away from the mountain. The Red Cross is opening a shelter later today for residents of Mt. Charleston without power. The shelter will be at James H. Bilbray Elementary School and will open at 4 p.m.

The Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive and visitor center has also been closed due to debris on the road from flooding.

Several roads in the Las Vegas area are also closed because of high water.

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