LAS VEGAS - After a massive wildfire on Mount Charleston in July 2013 and heavy rain in August, debris and water flooded the Kyle Canyon Detention Basin. Now, crews are finally cleaning it up.
Homeowners in the area will see trucks traveling in and out of the basin beginning Tuesday. Crews must remove 25,000 tons of debris.
The Carpenter 1 fire scorched thousands of acres on Mount Charleston in July 2013. One month later, heavy rain pounded the area and sent tons of mud and debris from the fire down the mountain and into the basin.
Residents say the flooding stranded them. Their homes weren't destroyed, but the flood damaged roads, and debris blocked several streets.
The shoulder of Grand Teton Drive, which leads to the basin, remains closed.
"I see there are some changes going on down there, so probably they are doing something about it. Whether or not it's going to be done in a timely matter, that's left to the government you know," said one resident.
"I think they do a pretty good job," added resident Robert Church. "You can't plan for the complete unexpected. I don't know how much the wildfires up at Mount Charleston had an effect on that."
Starting Tuesday, trucks will make at least 64 trips daily from the basin to the landfill to remove all the debris. Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross says the clean-up will take ten days.
"There's so much material. It's huge. Look… at the massive size of this detention basin and the amount of material," he said.
Once the clean-up is finished, crews will start a massive construction project for underground flow on Grand Teton. The goal is to keep floodwaters off the streets. The total cost of the project is unknown, but Councilman Ross says it will cost millions of dollars.
If you drive near the basin, be prepared for possible traffic delays. The trucks could cause back-ups on Grand Teton, Grand Canyon Drive, Durango Drive and U.S. 95.
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