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Water, Debris Expected on Northwest Roads for 2 More Days

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LAS VEGAS -- The weekend storms hit the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley the hardest.

According to the Regional Flood Control District, water and debris from Sunday's thunderstorms will continue to flow through the northwest for at least two days.

Las Vegas city officials are advising people to avoid Grant Teton Drive between Hualapai Way and Durango Drive. Several other streets should also be avoided by motorists.

Streets Impacted by Flooding

  • Grand Teton between Hualapai Way and Oso Blanca Rd.
  • Grand Teton between Durango and Rainbow
  • Farm Road between Tenaya Way and Torrey Pines
  • Rainbow between Grand Teton and Elkhorn
  • Tenaya Way between Elkhorn and Grand Teton
  • Buffalo closed at Grand Teton
  • Oso Blanca Rd. between Horse Drive and Kyle Canyon
  • Tenaya between Whispering Sands and Grand Teton

Alternates:
E/W travel: Elkhorn
N/S travel: Durango or Jones

The Kyle Canyon Detention Basin has collected 1,300 acre-feet of flood water, which would be about a football field covered with enough water to reach the top of the Stratosphere Tower, the flood control district said.

The district says a portion of flood waters 1,100 feet high and 100 yards long is gushing downstream. That water has put entire streets near Grand Teton Drive underwater.

The floodwaters forced the Clark County School District to allow parents to pick up kids early from school.

"I'm sure the bus system is safe, but I feel better with her in the car beside me," Stewart Wilkins, who was picking up his daughter, said.

The water level at the Kyle Canyon Detention Basin rose to 30 feet in just four hours Sunday, district General Manager Gale Fraser said.

All that water forced the flood control district to release the runoff into Las Vegas valley streets.

Video: Water Gushes from Detention Basin

"We are aware this is a nightmare; however, we know what kind of nightmare this could have been," Erin Neff with the Regional Flood Control District said.

Neff says they have yet to secure the funds to complete a long-term project that would alleviate flooding, but she says it could be far worse than flooded streets.

"If this detention basin weren't there, thousands of homes in the Providence development would be under water this morning," she said.

It is all part of a 20-year master plan that hit a snag, because of a lack of money. A $15 million flood control project on Grand Teton Drive east of Durango Drive that will help alleviate street flood is expected to start in January with a completion date set for mid-2015.

If the rain continues, it could take all week before this street actually looks like a street.

 

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