Past floods taught Las Vegas valley expensive lessons

Past floods taught Las Vegas valley expensive lessons

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — On July 8, 1999, the thunderstorms began in the Spring Mountains where they often do this time of year. But this day would be different. Three inches of rain fell in just two hours and the water started running to the east side of the Las Vegas valley. Floodwaters ripped through the washes. It was so powerful it ate away the banks along the Miracle Mile Mobile Home Park on Boulder Highway. “You had vast neighborhoods underwater, said Erin Neff of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District. “You had parts of the Strip shut down. I mean when the casinos stop gambling, it’s a big event.” The storm caused $20 million in damage, killed two people and led to hundreds of rescues. A woman trapped in floodwaters on top of her car is rescued during the 1999 flooding. (Clark County Flood Control District) Neff […]

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