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NW residents call on city to repair missing flood control ditch

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Updated: 9/10/2013 10:36 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Residents in one northwest neighborhood are still frustrated after the flood waters have gone away.

They want to know why the city, or someone, did not clear out a flood control ditch along Grand Teton before the recent heavy rains.

Neighbors are upset about a ditch that's supposed to be in their neighborhood to help control flooding, but the ditch is no longer there.

The residents in the area want the city to get rid of a berm that is causing flood problems in their neighborhood.

Sharon Linsenbardt has been living on this property for 50 years. She's seen many floods throughout her years here, but she says the damage was never this bad until the last few years.

“They started dumping dirt from all over the place into that ditch,” said resident Sharon Linsenbardt. “The city did and Gilcrese Orchards did prior to the orchard being sold and that ditch started to get filled up.”

According to the city's 2020 master plan, there needs to be a 20-foot- wide multi-use non-equestrian trail and a 20-foot ditch along the south side of Grand Teton drive adjacent to the property.

According to the county assessor’s website, the property in question is a public right-of-way and the owner needs to maintain a ditch and trail.

“All I can tell you is I've been talking about for a year and half over hundreds of emails dozens of phone calls it all comes down to one man and one man says he can't move the berm,” Linsenbardt said.

That man she says is Jerry Walker with city's department of field operations street and sanitation division.

News 3 placed several calls to the City of Las Vegas in an effort to talk to Walker, but the city refused our request.

We then questioned who is responsible for that berm. The city sent us this statement:

"The dirt berm along Grand Teton near Tenaya is not the city’s s berm. It is a berm that was put into place by private interests on private property. The city is not responsible for the private property in question."

According to county commissioner Tom Collins the berm in these pictures is along grand teton and the city's responsible.

-- News 3's Fatima Rahmatullah reports



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