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Clark County crews continue to clear debris from roads

Reported by: Michelle Velez
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Updated: 8/06/2014 12:34 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV — Cleanup is under way across the Las Vegas valley this morning after three days of storms.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning when gauges across the valley recorded up to an inch of rain falling over a one-hour period Monday.

The northwest part of the city was one of the hardest hit, leading to localized flooding after the torrential downpours.

The storm left parts of U.S. Highway 95 washed out north of Las Vegas when flood waters rushed across the road and down the median. Several cars were stranded Monday evening until crews could reopen the highway in both directions. At least two cars were washed from the roadway. Airmen from Creech Air Force Base near Indian Springs rescued an older couple from one of the cars. No one was seriously injured.

The Rainbow subdivision in Kyle Canyon was so badly damaged by multiple days of flooding that the Clark County Commission will consider declaring the area a disaster. The declaration would allow the county to apply for state and federal financial assistance to help with the rebuilding efforts.

Fire and police crews and others rescued drivers whose cars became stuck in flooded streets in Spring Valley.

A child playing with friends near a wash in the area of South Buffalo Drive and West Hacienda Avenue was taken several hundred feet down the wash after falling in, according to the Clark County Fire Department. The child was able to get out of the rushing water unaided, officials said. He was one of at least four playing along the wash.

A drier, more stable southwest flow will enter the valley today through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Expect highs in the upper 90s through the weekend, with monsoon moisture returning at the beginning of next week.

The Clark County Public Works Department has updated the list of road closures and clean-up issues:

•Arroyo Road – Off Highway 159 in Blue Diamond was cleaned of debris Monday and is being checked today for any debris from Monday night's flooding.
•Nelson Road – Nelson, Nev., is open and crews are making repairs to damaged infrastructure. Park Service has road closed on their section of the road.
•Ranch Road – in Moapa is closed and crews are hoping to open the road by end of day.
•Harris Springs Road – Located at mile marker 12.5 along Kyle Canyon road/Highway 157; crews are working it. It is expected to be passable this morning.
•Crews are inspecting roads in Northwest this morning for infrastructure damage and hazards.
•Corn Creek – Has limited access from flood damage, it is schedule for repairs later today.
•Lindell south of Jones area - cleanup is in progress.
•Sandy Valley/Good springs area – repairs in progress.
•Tropicana and Fort Apache is scheduled today for debris removal.
•Mt. Potosi Road – near the Boy Scout camp is scheduled to be cleared and graded today due flood damage.
•Searchlight/Cottonwood Cove Road – Had minor erosion on shoulders and repairs are in progress.
•Calico Basin – Debris removed from road last night.

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