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Northwest Pipeline Project Becomes Priority

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Flooding and a rescue along Grand Teton Drive on Aug. 25.  Photo Courtesy: Melissa Smith Flooding and a rescue along Grand Teton Drive on Aug. 25. Photo Courtesy: Melissa Smith

LAS VEGAS -- Following severe flooding along Grand Teton Street in northwest Las Vegas, county officials say they will prioritize a project to build a underground pipeline.

The pipeline project was not scheduled to be built for several years, but Clark County's Regional Flood Control District has moved the project to the top of the list and plans are underway to begin design work in November.

The change of plans was announced at a Wednesday news conference held by the U.S. Forest Service, Regional Flood Control District and the city of Las Vegas.

"If we get another heavy rain we could get a repeat of what took place last week. We are all working to complete the system and make it safer for our community. I want to thank everyone especially our crews in the field for their hard work," Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross said.

The $15 million project to build a pipeline under Grand Teton Drive will keep the floodwaters from spilling over the roadway. It will take 18 months for the project to be completed.

County officials say the Kyle Canyon Detention Basin did its job.

"I think today we'd be talking about a presidential disaster declaration and looking at how we are going to rebuild a big part of this community. So the basin did work and we are going to be working with the city to connect the dots," said Gale Fraser, the general manager for the Regional Flood Control District.

Fraser adds, the flooding in the northwest was particularly bad because of the ash and soot being washed down from the burned areas on Mt. Charleston. U.S. Forest Service officials predict it will take five years before all the vegetation grows back.

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