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Rain threatens Mt. Charleston homes, again

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A mud-covered portion of the Rainbow Subdivision on Mount Charleston on Wednesday, July 16. (FOX5) A mud-covered portion of the Rainbow Subdivision on Mount Charleston on Wednesday, July 16. (FOX5)

Around 2 p.m. Wednesday, rain began to fall in the Rainbow Subdivision of Mount Charleston.

According to residents, streams two to six inches deep began to develop, carving their own paths down the mountain.

Joe Cuglietta of High Desert Landscape & Design was doing contract work on a home in the area when the storm quickly unfolded.

"Started raining pretty steadily and it turned into a downpour. I told the guys to hold up for ten minutes, see what's going on and it got worse," said Cuglietta.

Cuglietta told his employees to pack up for the day and called the owner of the home, Steve Kammer, who rushed to see the condition of his home.

Luckily there was no damage other than some dirt and gravel that drifted to the front of his home.  

"It was a light event, I believe. I could only imagine what would happen if it was a major event," said Kammer, who's owned the home for ten years.  

Kammer dealt with a major event Sept. 1, 2013 year when a storm caused $100,000 worth of damage to his property. His driveway and basement were filled with mud.

Cuglietta has done enough work since last September to divert rushing water away from the house.

Clark County clean-up crews arrived right after the storm to repair gravel and roads which eroded.

Kammer has dodged a bullet, for now.

"I speak for all the neighbors up here. We're on watch at all times. There were some things that didn't take place as far as a diversionary canal is concerned... and we're all kind of fending for ourselves up here a little bit, and it's very frustrating," Kammer said.

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