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More Rain, Less Flooding A Testament to Flood Control Efforts

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Flooding in Winnick Avenue
Regional Flood Control District

Water pours through the parking lot of The Linq near Winnick Avenue. The parking lot is situated on top of the Flamingo Wash.

Monday's downpour in Southern Nevada was equal to or more than the storms Las Vegas fell victim to during the 100-year-flood in 1999, according to the Regional Flood Control District.

And some streets flooded.

But the degree of flooding was nothing like it was on July 8, 1999. That flood led to two deaths, some $25 million in damage and a federal disaster area designation for Las Vegas.

This year, it was a different story because of the ongoing taxpayer-funded efforts to divert and control flood waters.

A 0.25-percent sales tax helps the Clark County Flood Control District issue bonds to build channels, underground diversion tunnels and detention basins. So far, some $1.7 billion has been spent on 596 miles of channels and 91 detention basins.

The work isn't done. Erin Neff, Flood Control District spokeswoman, said another 25 years of work is needed to finish flood control efforts.

 

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In the flood of 1999, flood water destroyed several homes at the Miracle Mile Mobile Home Park which sat on the edge of a wash that was not lined with concrete at the time. 

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The floods of 1999 damaged homes and cars across the Las Vegas valley

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The floods of 1999 damaged homes and cars across the Las Vegas valley

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The floods of July 1999. 

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In 2013, flash floods hit an area on Mt. Charleston stripped of vegetation by a wildfire. The water overwhelmed the Kyle Canyon Basin and rushed onto the streets of northwest Las Vegas.

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Regional Flood Control District

Flood waters filled streets of northwest Las Vegas after flash flooding on Mt. Charleston.

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Regional Flood Control District

Grand Teton Drive, a major road in the northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley, was covered in flood waters in the summer of 2013.

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Regional Flood Control District

Flash floods hit the Moapa and Overton area late summer 2014, forcing the closure of I-15 for several days after flood waters damaged the highway

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Trash washed into the Clark County Wetlands after Monday's floods.

Guests

Erin Neff, spokeswoman, Clark County Regional Flood Control District

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