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Vegas roadway faces major repairs after flooding

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The city of Las Vegas estimated work on repairing Grand Teton Drive to be at least $500,000. (FOX5) The city of Las Vegas estimated work on repairing Grand Teton Drive to be at least $500,000. (FOX5)

Grand Teton Drive in northwest Las Vegas was essentially a river following a weekend of storms dumping rainfall in the area.

On Wednesday, after all the water dried up, Grand Teton appeared to be in ruins, forcing the city to possibly rebuild the entire road.

Chunks of the west side of Grand Teton were missing as a result of the storms.

"The whole street was covered in water, debris and boulders, like 40 to 50-pound boulders in the street," resident Gary Brunetti said. "It was a river for the first two and a half days."

The mess is a result of four inches of rain in Sunday's storm, according to the Regional Flood Control District.

According to chief engineer Gale Fraser, the extreme rainfall filled the Kyle Canyon Basin within a few hours. The basin, Fraser said, was able to do its job, but there is more room to make things better.

"Our design criteria is designed that we drain these basins in seven days," Fraser said. "We want to have the capacity inside these basins to catch the next flood."

Despite the heavy rain, Fraser said the basin had room for more water.

"It got to a depth of 30 feet, 13,000 acre feet of flood flows," Fraser stated. "That's a football field and taller than the Stratosphere. It could capture twice that."

Still, homeowners said they are grateful the water caused only minor headaches in their neighborhoods.

After the clean-up, the city of Las Vegas plans to rebuild and open the road again for drivers. That said, the city plans to close Grand Teton between Oso Blanca Road and Tee Pee Lane.

The city estimated clean-up and repairs to cost between $500,000 and $700,000. There was no word on the timetable for repairs.

The Regional Flood Control District said Clark County has more than 90 basins and more than 50 miles of storm drain channels, which were built over the last 20 years.

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