LAS VEGAS -- The Regional Flood Control District and the city of Las Vegas are moving forward on two multi-million dollar projects to fix the flooding problems in northwest Las Vegas.
The area around Grand Teton Drive from Hualapai Way to Rainbow Boulevard was badly damaged two weeks ago after heavy rain sent mud and soot sliding down Mt. Charleston into the northwest area. Since then, two other monsoon storms forced road crews to work to clear debris and open up closed streets.
The rain and runoff from the mountain gets trapped in the Kyle Canyon Detention Basin but as it leaves the basin it ends up pouring onto Grand Teton and flowing downhill. The new project would direct the water underground into a pipeline system.
The fast-flowing floodwaters caught residents in the area by surprise. Theresa Braun's husband broke his wrist.
"He came back up and then fell again, and then he got up. He was able to grab whatever he was able to grab to get out," Braun said.
Paramedics had to cut through a lock in the back of her gated community to reach him.
"If they could have come through the main entrance, they could have come right in," she said.
The main entrance, off of Grand Teton, wasn't an open. For days, the street looked more like a river.
The Regional Flood Control District says two projects have been pushed to the top of the priority list to prevent future costly and dangerous floods.
"We're going to open the bids next Thursday, the 12th, and hire the construction company, and then logistically as soon as they get out there and start doing this we'll get it in the ground," said Erin Neff with the Regional Flood Control District.
The $15 million project to link nearly two miles of piping under Grand Teton from Durango to Rainbow could begin before the end of the year. It will take about 450 days to complete.
A second project costing $7 million is in the design phase and would connect the unfinished pipeline, west of US 95.
"I think it's great, I wish it would have happened 10 years ago," said Lyle Mariam, who has lived in the area for 10 years.
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