Residents Should Be Cautious in Flooded Areas
Residents should exercise caution as flooding occurs across the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County today.
The Clark County Fire Department responded to 18 weather-related traffic accidents and an additional 20 calls for assistance from motorists stranded by flood waters today.
Clark County’s Office of Emergency Management earlier today set up its Emergency Operations Center at a minimal Level 1 in order to coordinate a response. The EOC operated until 5 p.m., when it was deactivated. A Level 1 EOC response is a minimal setup that allows the County to better coordinate a response by multiple departments and agencies if needed. The highest level of response would be activation of our Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC), which would entail activation of the Level 3 EOC at the Clark County Government Center, activation of the Joint Information Center, and activation of the Medical Surge Area Command. This activation would be used during multiple serious incidents occurring simultaneously throughout Clark County or a very serious local event requiring significant resources.
A flash flood watch is expected to remain in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday. A flash flood watch means flooding is possible. Only the National Weather Service can declare a watch or a warning. Check the Regional Flood Control District’s website, www.regionalflood.org, for current rainfall and weather information at approximately 199 locations around the Valley. The site also includes current information about flood zones and flood insurance.
Road closures in unincorporated Clark County include one at Stephanie Street at the Monson Channel, north of Jimmy Durante Blvd. on Stephanie, due to flooding. Meanwhile, the Clark County Shooting Complex and the Desert Rose Golf Course are closed due to the weather.
Keep the following flood safety tips in mind:
- In the event of a major storm that may cause isolated flooding, it is safer for you to stay where you are and wait for the storm to end rather than attempting to drive anywhere.
- If you are driving and are caught in a major storm, consider pulling over to a location higher than the street and wait out the storm. Intense summer storms in Southern Nevada are usually over in a couple of hours.
- Never drive through a flooded roadway or around barricades. Roads underneath may be damaged and impassable.
- If your car stalls, it may be safer to stay with the vehicle. Swift moving water only inches deep can sweep you off your feet and result in drowning. Only you can make the decision of which option is safer.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flash floods, such as the depth and speed of the water.
- Do not let children or pets play in or near flood water. Flood water can move up to 30 mph and is filled with hazardous materials such as debris, chemicals, oil and pet waste. Stay out of flood channels and detention basins, which can rise as quickly as one foot a minute.
- Stay out of standing water as well. The dirty water can disguise hazards below the surface, such as deep holes and dangerous debris.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle near washes or channels. Flash floods occur very quickly and can be deadly.
- Listen to the radio or television for additional information as weather conditions change and new reports are received.
- Even if your home is not located in a designated flood zone, severe flooding can still occur in your area. Talk to your insurance agent about obtaining flood insurance, which is available to everyone regardless of whether you live in a flood zone or not.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.