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Northwest Flood Control Projects High Priority after Monsoon Floods

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LAS VEGAS -- There are major developments and new concerns about the water-logged streets in the northwest part of our valley.

City leaders and flood control managers said major changes are coming to help with the flooding that has plagued the area. A flood water pipeline that was planned to be completed in about five to seven years has been moved up.

Resident Novelyn Stewart said in 12 years of living in the northwest valley, she hadn't seen anything quite like the rain floods.

"Just crazy flooding, you almost thought you needed a boat instead of a vehicle to get down this road and there was no getting through any part of it," Stewart said. "We figured once the rain stopped that was just a matter of a few hours until it all got off the hill but then it just kept coming and coming."

The flood waters carved their way down Grand Teton Road flowing right into the street, but flood control managers said it could have been much worse.

Gale Fraser with the Regional Flood Control District said an under ground pipeline will be installed near Grand Teton and Buffalo Drive that's five feet deep and 18 feet wide.

The pipeline should be completed in about a year or so and that's several years ahead of schedule.

"Sure it was an inconvenience for two and a half days, and maybe a big inconvenience because the streets became rivers but it would have been 25 times greater with that water running through the urban area," Fraser said.

Another pipeline near Grand Teton and Grand Canyon Drive will be moved up on the priority list and is expected to be built within two years, which is a relief for nearby homeowners.

"I think it's great and it's good for the community, a lot of homes here, a lot of our friends that live inside these gated communities, a long Grand Teton couldn't leave their homes.

Besides the planned projects, city workers continue cleaning up the muck and the mud left behind.

Some residents are concerned over air quality now as the mud has dried and is turning to dust that's being kicked up by passing cars.

City leaders said they are working as fast as they can to get things back to normal.

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