Rainbow Subdivision Residents Evacuated Due to Flooding - 8 News NOW

Rainbow Subdivision Residents Evacuated Due to Flooding

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MT. CHARLESTON, Nev. -- The Nevada Division of Forestry and Clark County Fire Department were called to the Rainbow Subdivision to assist residents affected by heavy rain and flood damage. 

Residents said they saw thunderstorms form around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Strong storms started soon after.

"You could see the clouds were really forming, and it was going to be a pretty heavy rain," said Dan Stark, a Rainbow Subdivision resident.

They watched flood waters rise rapidly early Sunday afternoon.

"By the time it got down to the lower Rainbow here, it was four or five foot deep," said Rainbow subdivision resident Ernest Freggiaro. "It looked like we're in the wrong place at the wrong time again. It's pretty much like the fire - the wrong place, wrong time." 

Some homes and vehicles in the Rainbow subdivision were damaged. Flooding also caused the only road into the Rainbow subdivision to collapse, stranding residents in their neighborhood. Road crews do not have a timetable for when the road will reopen.

Mt. Charleston tourists also saw flooding. They watched as a river of mud and water flowed down both sides of Kyle Canyon Road.

"It's crazy to see how dark the waters are and how much run-off there is," said Amaya Jaramillo, who stopped to examine the flooding.

"It's been a horrible year to live in one of the most beautiful portions of southern Nevada," said Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Honea.

The Red Cross is assisting residents of the Rainbow subdivision. Red Cross Spokesman Lloyd Ziel said no residents are currently in shelters, but emergency workers are ready if conditions worsen. Red Cross crews are also working to gather extra information on the damage.

"That way, we know what kind of care we're looking at -- having to deliver families or entire neighborhoods," Ziel said.

It's unknown of any injuries at this time.

Kyle Canyon Road remains open only to Mount Charleston residents. 

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