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Virtual Experience: What’s it like to be caught in a car during a flood

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — On a day that is hard to forget for first responders in the Las Vegas Valley, the regional flood control district launched a new virtual reality experience for drivers.

VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE: Car caught in flood

On July 8, 1999, three inches of rain fell in just two hours causing major flooding around the valley and killing two people.

A lot has changed since then and much progress has been made in the past two decades on the county’s master plan to prevent the kind of flooding seen in 1999. The plan is more than 75 percent complete and there are now 100 detention basins spread across the valley. Another 36 will be built.

The county launched a new virtual experience. It’s a 360-degree video that puts you behind the wheel of a car that gets swept away in a flash flood. ... Read More

Floods inflicted havoc as Las Vegas grew out of the desert

The monsoon season brings flash flood warnings, when a storm in one part of the valley can produce runoff that disrupts neighborhoods miles away.

A trickle in a wash can grow to several feet deep in a matter of minutes, and overflowing gutters can make streets impassable.

But imagine the scene 100 years ago, when there were no flood channels in place, and no paved roads at all. The headlines of the day: Train tracks washed out, telegraph lines down, entire bridges washed away.

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That kind of news fills accounts that preceded official record-keeping on floods in 1975. That was the year the Flamingo Wash flooded, carrying cars through the Caesars Palace parking lot in the area that is now the Forum Shops... Read More

FEMA maps show flood data nationwide

An interactive produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency allows you to look up past flood incidents by county.

See the interactive below, and select the state you want to see in the pop-up menu. You can look at information for Clark County, or look up other places around the country.

And if you’re wondering about flood risks around your house, you can put in your address on this page to see a map with notes.

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LIVE: Homeless at high risk during flash flood: Prepping for the Monsoon

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Reporter Sally Jaramillo is taking with Louis Lacey with HELP of Southern Nevada about the high risks the homeless face during flooding. Those most at risk are the people who live in the tunnels around the city. ... Read More

Second West Nile case reported in Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A woman has contracted the West Nile virus, the second case reported this year by the Southern Nevada Health District.

The woman, who is under the age of 50, has the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has been hospitalized, according to a health district news release. The hospital was not specified.

The first case this year was reported in April. That victim, a woman over 50, has since recovered. That case also involved the more serious form of the illness.

No cases were reported in Southern Nevada in 2018. ... Read More

LIVE: 20th anniversary of major flood – Clark County Flood Control District news conference

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Flood Control District is holding a news conference at 10 a.m. This is the anniversary of the 100-year flood that occurred on this day 20 years ago and caused devastation in parts of the Las Vegas Valley... Read More

No sign of monsoon storms yet.

No monsoon thunderstorms insight for us on this July Monday morning, just staying dry and breezy. The bonus is below normal temps, too, but those won’t last for long. as highs will reach near 110 by the end of the week! Sherry’s #WeatherNOW forecast explains how the monsoon weather pattern will look over the desert once it arrives... Read More