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Wicked Winter Weather Hits Clark County

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All of the water falling on the west side eventually gathers there to go into the main wash to Lake Mead. All of the water falling on the west side eventually gathers there to go into the main wash to Lake Mead.
County Public Works never jokes on days like this. County Public Works never jokes on days like this.
Police say you should not take pooling water lightly because even one inch can carry a car away. Police say you should not take pooling water lightly because even one inch can carry a car away.

Valley residents woke up to rain pouring into the community. It fell so fast some areas turned into a river. Cars throughout the valley had a difficult time even driving in it.

At Decatur and Oakey the water flooded so much special equipment had to be called in to help. It made for some wet travelers and created delays for the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday period.

When it rains hard in the Las Vegas valley, the area behind the Imperial Palace is the place hardest hit. All of the water falling on the west side eventually gathers there to go into the main wash to Lake Mead.

There were so many spots flooded in the rain because trash has accumulated and been pushed onto storm drains clogging up the works. Clark County crews are clearing the mess while others say it's about time for the rain.

"I love it. I am waiting for the rainbows now. That is what follows," said Tina Peters. She tends to take a more optimistic view of everything. This is the first time she drove her new truck in the rain. She likes to drive through the puddles with the higher ground clearance.

But this is no joking matter. Police say you should not take pooling water lightly because even one inch can carry a car away. County Public Works never jokes on days like this, especially with the volume of trash floating away.

"A lot of debris that we get actually comes out of people's yards -- their driveways, things where people have littered in their vehicles with cups and bags and those types of things," said Bobby Shelton with Clark County Public Works.

Who is Responsible?

In Clark County, the County Public Works Department is responsible for those drains. Anyone can call 455-7540 to report a problem in the county. The city has their own public works department.

The weather, not only here, but across the country, and it's causing issues at McCarran as thousands travel through the airport. 700,000 people are expected to travel through McCarran this weekend.

Spokesman Chris Jones says the weather is a wild card today. That's why he suggests checking your flight status before heading to the airport.

And it's going white Thanksgiving on Mount Charleston. They got a few inches of snow and more is expected overnight. It couldn't have come at a better time.

If you looked toward the west, you probably couldn't even see the mountains because the fog was so thick. Up there it was the beginning of a winter wonderland. But midday rain melted a lot of it away.

Residents and visitors are hoping they'll get a white night tonight.

At the Mount Charleston Lodge business booms when the snow falls. The lodge manager says this was only their third snowfall of the year, but he hopes this sticks around through Thanksgiving holiday.

Most of the lodge's 24 cabins are sold out for this weekend.

Some snow-happy guests were Taylor and Skyler Bowen, who woke up in their Las Vegas home thinking they were going to have to go to school.

"We were happy because we told our dad and our dad said ‘Do you want to come up to the mountain with me?' and we said ‘Yeah, why not!'" said Taylor.

The girls went up to Lee Canyon to sled, but the canyon only got five inches of snow.

The roads are good, it's just the fog you have to worry about. The visibility is minimal, only about 20 feet at times. Going up towards the ski resort, NDOT warns you have to have four wheel or all-wheel drive to get up there.

In the town of old Mount Charleston it was pretty quiet, just few people carrying in firewood and Travis Hanson putting up new shingles to keep this cabin from leaking.

The mountain should get a few more inches of snow overnight, so you'll see a lot more sledders out this weekend. As for skiing and snowboarding, the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort in Lee Canyon won't open until Friday, so they're hoping to have 25 inches by then.

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