Crews start flood control work on Mt. Charleston - 8 News NOW

Crews start flood control work on Mt. Charleston

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MT. CHARLESTON, Nev. -- The Army Corps of Engineers has a team on the ground at Mt. Charleston surveying and preparing the area for the construction of a temporary berm and diversion channel. The team expects to be on the mountain through the Labor Day weekend.

The corps hopes the berm and channel protect the Rainbow subdivision from flash flooding. The area has been hit hard by flash flooding during the past two monsoon seasons because natural barriers were destroyed in the Carpenter One wildfire, which destroyed 44 square miles of forest.

The state stepped in earlier this week to take over liability for the project, allowing it to move forward. The corps was ready to start construction of the flood control measures in June, but concerns over liability by Clark County put a stop to the project.

Construction of the berm and channel will start in October.

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