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Rainstorms Could Bring Dangerous Road Conditions to NW

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LAS VEGAS -- The rain that helped put out the Carpenter 1 fire last week has already caused major flooding in Las Vegas intersections some 20 miles away.

Now, officials with the City of Las Vegas are warning drivers to stay clear even when there is sun out.

While Mt. Charleston is miles away, a mountain of soot and ash traveled all the way to the intersection of Grand Teton Drive and Buffalo Road in the rain water. The city is anticipating more flooding even if the rain only hits the mountain.

Last week, the intersection was completely flooded with brown water that covered Grand Teton Drive. No one was hurt in the flood, but it caught the city off guard.

Officials were not expecting it to flood, when the skies overhead were clear. The rain landed on Mt. Charleston, and the water carried sediment from the areas where the fire had burned away trees and brush.

According to the Regional Flood Control District, the build-up of ash caused the canals to clog and over flow, which flooded the streets.

The city is preparing for potential flooding again this weekend. Las Vegas Ward 6 City Councilman Steve Ross says crews are on standby, but he does not want people to drive through these potentially dangerous intersections.

"Another big concern is just flooded intersections in general. We always encourage people not to drive through flooded intersections," Councilman Ross said.

The water is also filled with silt, which makes the roads slicker that regular flood water, Ross said.

The intersections that most worry officials stretch along Grand Teton Drive from Buffalo Road to Durango Drive. The roads may close, if the area floods, Ross said.

There are also concerns about the current dry conditions because the ash alongside the road can fly into the air when cars drive by.

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