Las Vegas Drowning: Desert Rains

A flood watch remains in effect in the Las Vegas Valley after heavy rains fell in nearby mountains starting on August 24th, sending torrents of water downstream. There are no injuries reported as of Monday after county officials reported 18 swift-water rescues in areas north and west of Las Vegas.

Credit: ShardsOfBlue via Flickr

Credit: ShardsOfBlue via Flickr

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood warning, in effect through 8 p.m. Monday, due to remnants of Tropical Storm Ivo. This warning includes the areas of North Las Vegas, downtown Las Vegas and Summerlin.

Credit: ShardsOfBlue via Flickr

Credit: ShardsOfBlue via Flickr

The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) has closed State Route 157 to Mount Charleston in Kyle Canyon due to flood damage.

Shows location of closed

Shows location of closed State Route

“I’ve live in Nevada my whole life and in Las Vegas since 1997. I’ve seen some big floods in my time here, but never one that impacted so many roads at the same time — and left so many people stranded on the Freeways, miles away from homes with no way to get to them. The roads were impassible with our regular car, so we had to use our truck to get around. Even at 10pm last night people were camped out in their cars waiting for the waters to go down enough to make the crossing in their vehicles.  Lots of damage and lots of clean up to come” said John King.

John King, WeatherBug Field Technician

John King, WeatherBug Field Technician

WeatherBug has our eye on Las Vegas and we are monitoring weather and forecast in real-time via 150 professional-grade weather stations in the greater Las Vegas area! WeatherBug Field Technician John King, a Las Vegas native, has eyes on the ground:

Take a look at some exclusive footage of this event from the WeatherBug Live Cam network (accessible through our mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android):

WeatherBug Live Cam in the Las Vegas area before the rains

WeatherBug Live Cam in the Las Vegas area before the rains

WeatherBug Live Cam showing the storms coming in

WeatherBug Live Cam showing the storms coming in

 

Stay Safe. Know Before™.

-The WeatherBug Team 

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