Flood Projects Start in the Northwest Part of the Valley - 8 News NOW

Flood Projects Start in the Northwest Part of the Valley

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LAS VEGAS -- People who live in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley soon will not have to worry every time it rains.

Flooding in the late summer and early fall devastated the area, closing roads and leaving people stuck in their homes.

The rain hit the same area on Mt. Charleston that was devastated by the Carpenter One wildfire. With little vegetation to help keep rocks, dirt and ash in place, it came rushing down the mountain. Intersections were impassable. The debris and mud even caused problems on the first day of school.

No road was hit harder than Grand Teton Drive where flood waters turned the road into a river. It took crews weeks to clean up the damage.

Now, two flood control projects are underway to prevent another disaster. One will clean out the Kyle Canyon Detention Basin of 25,000 tons of debris that washed into it during the flooding.

In the second one, crews will be installing box culverts along Grand Teton Drive, directing water under the roadway.

Las Vegas City Councilman Steven Ross lives in the northwest and has been working for years to solve the flooding problem.

He helped fast track a new flood control project that will direct flood waters underground in an effort to keep people safer even if it may cause some traffic headaches.

"This was too much of a priority," Ross said. "There is no way around it. Construction is always messy. Lanes will be restricted. It is going to be very difficult to get around in those areas."

The basin clean out will take about 10 days. Construction of the flood control project will last 16 to 18 months and head down Grand Teton Drive from Rainbow Boulevard to Durango Drive.

Rosati's Pizzeria is right on the route.

"People don't like construction and they'll kind of stay away and they'll go to other places where they don't have to deal with it, where there isn't any construction," Kenneth Corbett with Rosati's Pizzeria said.

Ultimately, the project is set to keep flood waters off streets and out of neighborhoods, which is something Julian Montoya is looking forward to.

"It is going to be a lot safer for the kids, absolutely," Montoya said.

Another flood control project is slated to start up in the middle of the year along Grand Teton Drive just west of U.S. 95.

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