Numerous flood control projects underway around Las Vegas valley

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Future forecasts predict a powerful storm to sweep through the Las Vegas valley, later this week, potentially, bringing heavy rain and some flooding.

Various flood control projects are underway around the valley, including around the new Raiders stadium by Russell Road and I-15.

“We work where it’s going to flood,” said Erin Neff, spokesperson for Regional Flood Control District.

Work started in January to relocate a major flood control channel from where the stadium is being built to about 300 feet away.

“We have more trouble here in Las Vegas when there is rapid rainfall, thunderstorms; summer month monsoon type of weather,” Neff said.

According to Neff, work crews monitor the weather so they can take the necessary steps to protect equipment and the progress at various projects that are still under construction.

“If we have mountain runoff this week, the contractor will clearly have to work to divert the water around where they are digging, and that’s what they do,” Neff said.

This will happen for the $64 million U.S. 95 project, as well.

Up at the north end of the valley, crews are building a flood control channel from the Beltway north to Kyle Canyon.

“They haven’t actually laid down any of the flood control yet, but they have trenches built, and they have some of the box coveries on location to install into the ground,” Neff said.

On Washington near MLK, the hard dig continues a year later to install 5,500 feet of cox culvert under the road.

“We’re putting storm boxes underneath Washington, and we’ve made progress from Rancho up through Tonopah,” Neff said.

Neff anticipates the projects, along with others will withstanding possible rain this week. Neff says it also won’t disrupt the work in progress.

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