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Monsoon season impacts Valley roads

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While most of the puddles have dried up and there may be very little storm damage from the Fourth of July flash floods, monsoon season is in full swing in Clark County.

"Monsoon season, that means thunderstorms can form at any time and some of those storms can drop a lot of water in a very short amount of time," said Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

Flash floods poured throughout Las Vegas. On Sahara near Decatur, the National Weather Service reported more than half an inch of rain fell within 30 minutes. The area is where Metro had to cancel a DUI check point because of the storm.

On Decatur and Oakey, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue had to perform a swift-water rescue for a person trapped in their car. The person was trying to drive through the flooded streets, which is not advised by officials.

Szymanski said if you can't see street markings, you shouldn't drive down that road.

"Pull up off the road, get into a gas station, go into a store, go into a casino, have dinner," Szymanski said. "By the time you come out, it's usually gone away. It's not worth risking your life or losing your car."

Even though there was minor street flooding throughout Las Vegas, there has not been as much rain as normal for this time of year. Usually the Valley should have had more than 2 inches by the beginning of July. In 2014, there has been less than an inch of rain.

Szymanski said thanks to improved detention basins, there is less flooding every year, but that doesn't guarantee one's safety.

"You could get that thunderstorm that could drop maybe 2 to 2.5 inches in a 15-minute span and even the best systems won't be able to keep up with that, so again, be aware of your surroundings," Szymanski said.

The National Weather Service is warning campers and hikers on Mt. Charleston to be especially careful during monsoon season. The Carpenter 1 fire that burned this time last year made the area prone to flooding and mudslides, and it could be a very dangerous area this summer.

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