HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — Two children were rescued from a Henderson drainage channel after they were swept into the water and pushed downstream, the Henderson Fire Department says. The boys, ages 12 and 14, were playing near Barclay Street and Strathallan Avenue when the incident occurred.
Firefighters rescued them near Volunteer, and they were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities say they were conscious and speaking.
The public is advised to stay away from drainage channels and washes, particularly when flash flood warnings are in effect.
“These boys were very lucky to be rescued so quickly,” Henderson Fire says.
The National Weather Service had earlier issued a flood advisory for central Clark County. It encompassed Henderson, East Las Vegas and McCarran International Airport.
The advisory lasted through 8:15 p.m.
An important rule to remember while driving is: turn around, don’t drown. If you see a flooded roadway, do not attempt to drive through.
State Route 160 has reopened in both directions at U.S. 95 following a closure due to flooding and road damage in Pahrump. Storms inundated the area with heavy rains Monday, creating impassable roads and prompting swift-water rescues.
The Nye County Sheriff’s Office says they’re anticipating the SR 160 closure to last through 10 p.m.
The National Weather Service earlier extended a flash flood warning for portions of Clark and Nye counties. The warning was in effect through 4 p.m. for southeastern Nye and west-central Clark.
Flooding in Pahrump has closed several roadways and created impassable conditions.
According to NWS, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms and heavy rain across Red Rock Canyon and southwest Las Vegas. Between a half-inch to 1 inch of rain has fallen. Red Rock Canyon received 1 inch of rain in less than 30 minutes.
Before 11:30 a.m., the following rainfall totals were recorded:
- 1.97″ Brownstone Canyon – above Red Rock
- 1.85″ Red Rock Visitors Center
- .79″ Cactus and Durango
- .75″ Blue Diamond Ridge south
- .51″ 215 & Town Center
Locations that will experience flooding include Las Vegas, Blue Diamond, Mountains Edge, Spring Valley, Summerlin, Enterprise, Red Rock Canyon, Southern Highlands, Red Rock Canyon Campground, Spring Mountain Ranch, Rocky Gap Campground and Sloan.
Blue Diamond Road at Rainbow Boulevard is currently closed, according to a tweet by the Regional Flood Control District:
Flooding can be life-threatening.
Pahrump and Nye County
The Nye County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) is reporting flooding in Pahrump.
NWS says swift water rescues have been reported and are ongoing in the area.
Photos shared by NCSO on Facebook show floodwaters over intersections and heavy rain coming down. Many roadways are also said to be impassable.
Pahrump is about 60 miles west of downtown Las Vegas on Highway 160.
The Pahrump Valley Speedway sustained severe damage, including flooding, broken windows, downed trees and cave-ins in portions of the roof. People tell 8 News Now it’s been years since they’ve seen this amount of flooding, and unfortunately, the damage will cost them.
Neighboring businesses were also damaged.