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Neighbors hope flood project keeps their streets drier

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LAS VEGAS -- Driving through flooded roadways can be potentially deadly for drivers and damaging to their cars.

There is even a nationally recognized slogan: "Turn around, don't drown."

However, Chopper 8 along with people in one older area of Henderson often gets a front row seat to mistakes made every monsoon season.

People turning their cars into submarines some make it, some don't.

Denise Vining has seen it all.

“Yesterday I saw a lady get stuck in it, if she had waited 15 minutes it would have been fine,” Vining said.

Vining’s house sits on the corner of Equestrian Drive and Magic Way in Henderson, right in the center of all the action.

“The rain usually comes, comes fast, and when it does it comes to the center of our intersection right here. All the streets converge here,” Vining said.

Tuesday's storm ripped down a tree and dropped three-quarters of an inch of rain in about 15 minutes.


Vining

knows when it rains hard she is not going anywhere. So, she might as well watch the people trying to get through.

“People definitely break down over here I've seen them,” Vining said.

Her neighbors say the flooding is a nuisance but not a surprise. It happens every year.

“When it's flash flood season we have water coming up all the way up the driveways and down the street,” neighbor Michael Patterson said.

The problem for years has been unfinished storm drains, but the Regional Flood Control District says it is working on it.

A $2 million drainage project in the area is expected to be completed in November.

“They've been working on it for the last two or three weeks and it's supposed to help with all of that,” Jason Bilski, who lives in flood area, said.

Vining says in the meantime people should be patient.

“It's the prime example of a flash flood, it comes fast and it goes away fast,” Vining said.

A spokesperson for the Regional Flood Control District says they will also start a project in the next few months to increase the size of the Equestrian Detention Basin, which should also further protect this area from heavy storms.

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