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Thunderstorms Bring Flooding, Lightning to Las Vegas

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Flooding damaged more than a dozen homes in the area near Cimarron and Desert Inn. Flooding damaged more than a dozen homes in the area near Cimarron and Desert Inn.
Lightning struck several homes and buildings. Lightning struck several homes and buildings.
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Floating floorboards, flooded backyards and swift water rescues, that's what many in the Las Vegas Valley woke up to Monday morning. For many people, it looked and sounded worse than any other summer storm to hit Southern Nevada in years.

The lightning and thunder picked up while most people were asleep, and the continuous booms made for a restless night.

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From 2 a.m. until just before 6 a.m., the Las Vegas Fire Department responded to 73 calls -- everything from lightning fires to flooded houses. It's damage residents in some neighborhoods are still trying to get cleaned up.

Tim Syzmanski, with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, said. "At one time right around 4 and 5:00, we had so many calls in the Summerlin area that we actually had to pull units down from the eastside and downtown areas in the city to answer calls that were right here off of Summerlin Parkway."

Fire crews were responding non-stop to one of the worst storms Szymanski has ever seen.

"The last time I've seen something like this was when we had the hundred year event back in 1999," he said.

Emergency crews rushed to rescue drivers after several vehicles got trapped in flooded intersections and washes. No one was seriously injured.

Crashes were reported on some area roads and freeways causing a traffic nightmare for morning commuters. Koval Lane was closed for much of the day due to flooding in the Flamingo Wash, behind the Imperial Palace hotel-casino.

Lightning struck several homes and buildings causing damage and knocking out power to more than 5,000 people in various parts of the valley. One couple, John and Marylynn Keating, live in a home in the Lakes area and were getting ready for work when lightning struck their house catching the roof on fire and causing it to collapse. They feel lucky to be alive.

"The firemen said there's about $100,000 worth of damage just to the structure. The whole roof is going to have to be replaced," said John Keating.

Flooding damaged more than a dozen homes in the area near Cimarron and Desert Inn. Benjamin Lublin has lived in the neighborhood for four years.

"I don't know what to do. They said I did not need flood insurance. This is a non-flood zone. I got four feet of water in my house," he said.

Shawn Lane is cleaning up the mess left by the flooding. She has had more than 1,000 gallons of water pumped out of her home. When the storm woke her, she went down her stairs to get her dog and the dog, Ringo, swam to her on the stairs.

Claims adjustors are in the neighborhood reviewing the damage.

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