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Flood emergency may help county agencies pay for costs

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Updated: 8/01/2014 3:44 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- The Clark County Commission will consider a resolution Tuesday to declare a state of emergency resulting from last month's severe flooding in Rainbow Canyon, Kyle Canyon and surrounding areas of the Spring Mountains.

If approved by the commission, the declaration may allow local governments to become eligible for emergency assistance funding.

County officials are making assessments to determine the cost of the losses. A state official mentioned a figure of $6 million when Gov. Brian Sandoval tourned the area Friday morning.

The heavy rainfall on July 28 created fast-moving floodwater and debris flows in the residential areas of Rainbow and Kyle canyons. Several homes were destroyed as well as private property.

The erosion also created a severe risk of landslides, rock slides, flash flooding and other hazards.

The repeated rains falling on the Carpenter One burn area (last year's fire) are causing extra expenses for repair of county roads and facilities.

The commission could approve the resolution at Tuesday's meeting or it could take other action.



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