Firefighters have had a busy Thursday morning with three swift water rescues in flooded valley washes.
One rescue took place in North Las Vegas at Carey Avenue and Kenneth Road, near Pecos Road around 9:20 a.m. This rescue was handled by the Las Vegas Fire Department and took place in the Las Vegas Wash. Four men were rescued from under the Carey Avenue Bridge. Police discovered the men when they were checking the wash. One man suffered a broken ankle, the other three were taken to shelters for the homeless.
(Photo credit: North Las Vegas Police)
Two other rescues were handled by the Clark County Fire Department. One occurred around 9 a.m. near E. Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane. And there was one earlier around 8:17 a.m. at S. Jones Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.
There was also a rescue in the Durango Flood Channel around 8:40 a.m. involving trapped people. One person was actually in the flood channel. He was pulled to safety by Clark County Fire Department who shot the dramatic video below.
Crews with the Nevada Department of Transportation crews did their best to keep the flooding at bay, but police say some cars got stuck and had to be removed. Even in the more shallow areas, car tires were still partially submerged.
“It’s pretty intense,” said Jesus Delatorre, driver.
The 215 near Tropicana was down to two lanes because of high water on the freeway.
“I try to avoid floods, so I don’t get stuck in the floods,” Delatorre said. “Just find a different route, it’s the safest bet.”
“I make sure that I’m not on my phone, I make sure that I’m paying attention to what’s going on around me,” said
Cecely Rogers, driver. “I’m making sure I’m at least two cars away from the car in front of me.”
REMINDER: Flood washes will still be running high with fast-moving water, even after the storms pass, so stay by avoiding those areas.