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Northwest Valley residents get answers on flood control efforts

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Grand Teton Drive in the northwest Valley was a raging river last week.

The problem now is that solidified silt and other debris is filling ditches and detention basins.

A panel of city and county leaders faced a room full of residents on Thursday night. Many in attendance said they feel like they've been abandoned after floodwater ripped through their neighborhoods, leaving an expensive, soggy mess behind.

"I guess my question is, is this our responsibility to have to correct this?" one attendee asked.

Representatives from the city of Las Vegas said they will focus on cleaning public areas as well as expediting the Regional Flood Control District's plan to mitigate future flooding.

That plan includes the installation of drainage ditches and pipelines to redirect water under roads rather than on top of them.

The first phase, which involves the construction of a pipeline between Durango Drive and Rainbow Boulevard, is slated to begin in November.

The second, similar phase, an upgrade west of U.S. 95 at Grand Teton, should begin next year.

That's at least five years sooner than construction was originally to start. It was prompted by what's being called the worst flood in the history of the Flood Control District.

The entire $15 million project is expected to be complete in two years.

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