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Flooding Causes Problems Across Valley

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LAS VEGAS -- Rushing waters caused flooding and traffic problems across the Las Vegas valley Saturday.

Roads were closed Saturday and Sunday in northwest valley neighborhoods. Grand Teton Drive was closed Saturday night into Sunday from Quail View Street to Rainbow Boulevard. Farm Road was also closed from Rainbow Boulevard to Grand Teton Drive after flood waters washed soot from the Carpenter 1 Fire on to the streets. The same areas also dealt with similar problems one week ago after rain pounded the mountains.

Homeowners along Grand Teton Drive say they watched as floodwater rushed down the street. They say they can't leave through one of their neighborhood's exits, because the road is closed. Resident Patricia Mahan says she's worried how the closure will affect emergency response times.

"If the emergency crews have to go to the other gate and circle around, you're delaying it three or four minutes, which may not seem like much, but when your life is in the balance, three or four minutes is a long time," she said.

Neighbors are also concerned about debris and its stench. Runoff of soot and ash from Mount Charleston gives off a foul odor as it makes its way through town. It's unclear when the road will be fixed, because every time it rains in the northwest or on Mount Charleston, there have been flash flood threats.

A private road partially collapsed near a ravine at a construction site near Maryland Parkway and Cactus Avenue in Las Vegas. Mud buried a semi truck in that area. The construction site is near Hope Baptist Church, which experienced flooding last year.

The rain and flooding also caused several traffic problems during the weekend.

A semi-truck rolled over on I-15 south near the Sloan Road exit, causing major traffic back-ups. No one was seriously injured. 

The area just off the Sloan exit also experienced major flooding. Nevada Highway Patrol troopers said water levels roses as high as three feet within 30 minutes on roads near the exit, pushing dirt, trash and rocks onto the road. Troopers said one driver became trapped and had to be towed back to her nearby home by Nevada Highway Patrol.

Bill Reid, a Sloan resident, helped rescue his wife after her car became caught in flood waters driving off the Sloan exit from I-15.

"You just have to drive slow," Reid said. "With all the gravel and mud, you just can't take it fast."

Highway patrol troopers agreed. They say taking extra precautions is key when driving in the rain.

Troopers investigated seven major rain-related accidents Friday and more Saturday. They say slippery roads can mean some of the most dangerous driving conditions. 

Nevada Highway Patrol troopers said motorists should not drive through flooded area and should wait out any flash flooding.

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