Our network

Wet Weather Drenches Southern Nevada | News

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Wet Weather Drenches Southern Nevada
News

LAS VEGAS -- Widespread thunderstorms hit most neighborhoods in southern Nevada Tuesday. Streets turned to rivers and backyards filled with flood water.

Duck Creek Wash near Sam Boyd Stadium filled quickly with rainwater. Jerry Stein and his wife Darlene live by the wash. They normally take a morning walk through the nearby wetlands. 

"It is very rare. I have only seen it maybe once or twice with anything, even remotely, approaching this much water," Stein said. "Usually, you can cross over without getting your feet wet, not today."

Henderson was hit particularly hard. The rain caused storm drains to clog near Horizon Ridge Parkway and Boulder Highway. The flooding forced crews to use a bulldozer to remove rocks, debris and mud from roads near U.S. 95 and Wagon Wheel Drive. 

At one point, Cheyenne Avenue was closed at Las Vegas Boulevard while crews from the Nevada Department of Transportation used pitchforks to remove debris from storm drains.

Drivers had to be rescued from their cars after they became stuck trying to drive through flooded intersections. Law enforcement says no one was seriously hurt.

Forecasters are predicting more rain Tuesday evening. Police are reminding people to stay out of low-lying areas.

News