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County Commission to Seek State of Disaster Declaration

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LAS VEGAS - After two recent floods in the valley, the Clark County Commission is expected to decide Tuesday if it will ask Governor Brian Sandoval to declare a State of Disaster.

The storms hit Las Vegas in August and September.

Several businesses near Harmon Avenue and Maryland Parkway suffered severe damage from the flooding. Business owners hope a State of Disaster declaration will provide much-needed financial aid.

If a State of Disaster is declared for Clark County, the valley could receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal money to help pay for some of the damage. Flood victims say the money would help drastically.

"When you're shut down one day, that hurts you. When you're shut down a week, it will close you down. Any business that you shut down a week, it will shut you down," said Fade 'Em All University owner Robert Taylor.

"Right now, I'm out of business. I need somebody that can help me replace my equipment. That's what's hurting me - my equipment," said Whazz Up Pizza owner Dominic Venditti.

Rushing water at the business complex at Maryland and Harmon reached levels as high as three feet. Many of the businesses are now gutted and sitting empty.

The floods also claimed the lives of two people.

In August, Green Valley High School student William Mootz died after being swept away in a wash. On September 11, Calletano Lopez died when flood waters swept him away while he was working at the Desert Rose Golf Course.

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