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Several flood projects under construction in valley

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LAS VEGAS -- Runoff from rain on Mount Charleston over the weekend caused street flooding at Grand Teton and Buffalo drives which resulted in a partial closure of the intersection.

Construction crews are working in the area to install a flood channel. Although it's only partially constructed, work crews said the section that is finished near Grand Teton Drive and Hualapai Way got tested over the weekend and passed with flying colors.

Construction crews are about a quarter of the way through the flood channel project. A concrete culvert is being built to funnel flowing water underground. The results are evident. The west side of US-95 stayed dry. The east side of the project won't be finished until May 2015.

"As I stand here next year, this will be dry. No mud, no water," said Erin Neff, Clark County Regional Flood Control District.

The flood control district is working on 20 different projects throughout the valley at a cost of around $180 million. The flood channel on Grand Teton Drive will cost $17 million. Another $100 million is being spent on a project on the east side of town near the Desert Rose Golf Course. Two years ago, massive flooding there claimed the life of a maintenance worker.

"Unfortunately, progress takes time and sales revenue from the economy is just now picking up. So we get our money from sales tax. That's picking up and we're able to do more projects," Neff said.

The Desert Rose project should be finished by monsoon season next year.

In the meantime, northwest advocates like Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross say people should stay on alert because it could flood even when rain is not falling nearby.

"This is the most important thing. It's flood season, it's monsoon season, stay out of flooded intersections. Save your lives and that's what it's all about, is protecting people and protecting property," Ross said.

As construction crews work their way eastbound, the streets should be more protected from rain coming off of Kyle Canyon.



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