Flood damage still has portions of Grand Teton closed in the northwest Valley. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5)
Debris on Grand Teton near Grand Canyon. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5)
Remnants of asphalt after flooding washed away portions of Grand Teton near Grand Canyon. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
It's been several weeks since flooding in the northwest Valley washed away portions of Grand Teton Drive, west of U.S. 95.
The area was hit so hard that city officials are still working to get a full assessment of the damage.
Now that the monsoon season seems to have left and the rain has abated, people can really get a sense of the damage an August storm created.
City officials said it could be more than a year before Grand Teton is completely restored.
"We did everything possible to mitigate any possible flooding that took place to begin with, but you can't mitigate almost six inches of rain in Kyle Canyon [detention basin]," said Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross.
Six inches of rain fell in just three hours, flooding the road, moving concrete structures and collapsing asphalt.
"The city crews are out right now evaluating damage, checking all the systems, cleaning out all the muck and the rubble and all the rock and the dirt," Ross said.
The area is now lined with construction signs marking off where rebuilding will need to occur.
The city plans to install underground structures to keep future floodwaters from roads.
The city can't use taxpayer money to repair damage to private housing developments.
Mark Perkinson lives behind a walking path that was completely destroyed.
"The jogging path had a nice fence that went alongside it, and you can see all of the concrete on the fence and the fence itself just hanging," he said.
As traffic is rerouted and construction begins, Ross asked for patience.
"What I tell people is get ready for construction projects because it's going to be a nightmare for construction, and that's the biggest warning I've got," he said.
Ross said the city is still taking construction bids, so an accurate cost breakdown is not yet available.
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