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Mount Charleston Residents Take Shelter as Severe Flooding Ravages Area

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, August 21, 2023 3:12 pm

LAS VEGAS – Mount Charleston residents are facing a challenging situation on Monday morning as the aftermath of heavy rainfall wreaks havoc on the region. The Spring Mountains, which include Mount Charleston, received an onslaught of up to 8 inches of rain, leading to widespread flooding, power outages, and substantial damage to the water delivery system.

According to Clark County officials, the old town area in Mount Charleston and the rainbow subdivision are particularly affected by substantial flooding. As a result, residents in these areas have been advised to shelter in place until conditions improve.

The impact of the flooding has also resulted in road closures and transportation difficulties. State Route 157, which leads to Lee Canyon, is currently closed at SR158 (Deer Creek Highway) due to flooding damage. Similarly, State Route 156 to Lee Canyon has been washed out by the floods, complicating travel in the area.

In addition to transportation challenges, residents are now under a “boiled water notice” due to the storm’s impact on the Kyle Canyon Water System. Severe flooding overnight in Kyle Canyon caused a significant leak in the water system, leading to a loss of water pressure in major reservoir tanks. As a precaution, residents in Kyle Canyon are advised to boil tap water for at least three minutes before using it for drinking, food preparation, making ice, brushing teeth, and washing dishes.

Furthermore, the Las Vegas Valley Water District has asked residents to reduce water usage by shutting off irrigation systems to alleviate pressure on the water supply. Repair crews from the water district are actively working on resolving the issue, and the boil water order will remain in effect until repairs are completed.

Residents seeking shelter are directed to the Retreat on Charleston Peak, located at 2755 Kyle Canyon Road. Additionally, the Nevada National Guard is en route to the area to provide assistance and support during this challenging time.

Credits: 8 News Now

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