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Flood Control Project Moved Up for Northwest Las Vegas

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Grand Teton and Buffalo flooded on Aug. 25, 2013.  Photo Courtesy: Scott Singel Grand Teton and Buffalo flooded on Aug. 25, 2013. Photo Courtesy: Scott Singel
Grand Teton flooding on Aug. 25.  Photo Courtesy: Melissa Smith Grand Teton flooding on Aug. 25. Photo Courtesy: Melissa Smith

LAS VEGAS -- Northwest Las Vegas is one step closer to being safer from future flash flooding.

The Clark County Regional Flood Control District went before the city council Wednesday showing them the extent of the damage caused by flooding in August. The end result -- a pipeline project to stop street flooding will be put on the fast track.

The damage left by the floods is still apparent in northwest neighborhoods. Heavy rain pounded the area near Grand Teton Drive and Hualapai Way forcing people to drive through more than one foot of water. Now, flood control officers are hopeful that by moving a small pipeline from Tee Pee Lane to Hualapai Way will make things safer when the rains hit again.

"When it rains here, it pours," said Judy Santangelo who could barely make her way through rivers of water on Grand Teton Drive. It was a chaotic situation.

"It only takes a couple of feet of water to push a car off into the main flow, so any water on the surface is dangerous and people should stay away from it," said Kevin Eubanks with Clark County Regional Flood Control District.

The plan calls for a pipeline, currently above ground, to be put underground.

"We plan to put it underground, out of sight, out of mind, and out of the traveling public's way," Eubanks said.

Making flood control a priority is a plan many city council members support.

"It's stuff like this that should remind public officials that they need to stand firm on what they believe, in a future plan, is a good plan," said city councilman Bob Coffin.

It's hoped the pipeline will be underground within the next year or two. The flood control district is just waiting for the money to come in for the pipeline project.

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