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Mud, Debris Causing Traffic Troubles in the Northwest

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LAS VEGAS -- The rush is on to clean up and repair roads in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley after some roads turned into rivers following Sunday's storm.

For people living in the area, the frustration is growing.

"It is the first time in five years I have seen anything like this," Wendi Casa, who lives in the area, said. "The streets around us, Grand Teton Drive and north Decatur Boulevard, a total lake!"

Three days after the storm the water has dried up, but damage is everywhere with rocks and debris creating obstacles for traffic.

It is the piles of mud and closed off streets that are making postal service worker Jesus Angeles' job a lot more difficult.

"This vehicle will float in the water. It is aluminum," Angeles said.

Angeles says with the current road conditions it is impossible for him and other postal service workers to deliver mail in some of the neighborhoods in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

He advises affected customers to go to the main post office on Jones Boulevard and Azure Drive to get their letters and packages.

"Especially when you get bills, it is too late have to pay interest," Angeles said.

Crews with the city of Las Vegas say the roads near Grand Teton Drive and Tenaya Way could remain closed for weeks while infrastructure and utilities are repaired.

"We have not heard any stories of people getting water in their house, at least in this area, but it couldn't have been much worse," Casa said.

Las Vegas city officials say plans are already in place to deal with the next round of storms, which are expected in the next few days.

For now, they are pushing ahead with the cleanup. The price tag already up to $700,000.

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