LAS VEGAS - A viewer asks why a
bigger trench was not installed along Grand
Teton Drive to divert flood water.
Sunday's rainfall over Kyle Canyon
was unusual. The storm dumped four inches of rain in an hour. Normally, that
amount takes nearly a year to accumulate.
Flood control officials
say flooding would have destroyed homes if that detention basin wasn't in
place. Still, the flooding converted Grand
Teton Drive into a river as flood water was
released at timed intervals.
Officials know the
flooding is a problem, and they have a plan. A $15 million flood control
project on Grand Teton east of Durango Road will
alleviate street flooding in that area. Crews will install a 9,600-foot,
reinforced concrete box culvert.
This will diminish some
of the outflow from the detention basin and mitigate flooding that occurs when
rain hits the northwest valley. The project is expected to be completed by
That helps alleviate
future flooding, but for the next two years, drivers are urged to avoid driving
in flooded areas and seek higher ground during rain storms.