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Flood fears renewed in northwest Valley after latest storm

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A portion of Grand Teton Drive in the northwest Las Vegas Valley is flooded on Aug. 4. (Lindsay Curtis/FOX5) A portion of Grand Teton Drive in the northwest Las Vegas Valley is flooded on Aug. 4. (Lindsay Curtis/FOX5)

Monday's storms brought flooding to areas all over the Las Vegas Valley. For residents in the area of Grand Teton Road and Buffalo Drive, the sight is all too familiar.

For residents of Mount Charleston, the storms renewed fears about losing their homes.

Grand Teton was shut down to traffic from Buffalo to Rainbow Boulevard Monday, water and mud rushing down and around construction equipment that is part of a flood control project.

The project is aimed at preventing flooding in the northwest Valley in the future, but residents will have to wait another nine months for it to be completed.

"Every time it rains, every single time there's rain on the mountain or rain in the Valley, we can't use this road," said Jessica Leavitt, who lives near Grand Teton.

Rainwater from Mount Charleston inevitably rushes to lower elevations, overflows the Kyle Canyon Detention Basin and makes its way to the northwest Valley.

"We have crews cleaning up flooded intersections with mud, lots of debris. City crews are ready for this. They're cleaning it up right now," Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross said.

On Mount Charleston, residents of the Rainbow subdivision were already dealing with destructive flooding that occurred last week when Monday's storms hit. Last week's storms destroyed several homes in the area.

All that rain has kept Rainbow subdivision resident Allison Sosa from getting much sleep.

"We got up early in the morning and moved the cars into Kyle Canyon," Sosa said.

Sosa said if she doesn't move her car and a storm hits, she'll be trapped in her neighborhood.

"I'm still on edge if we're going to get more rain. It doesn't have to rain over our house to get a flash flood. That's the scary part about a flash flood," she said.

Sosa was thankful her neighborhood wasn't flooded on Monday, but she knows monsoon season isn't over.

Leavitt was able to take an alternate route to her kids' day camp on Monday, but Grand Teton is the only way to get her children to school. School will be back in session in about three weeks, and she's hoping for the best.

"The first day of schools last year it was closed almost a week. That was an exciting, scary thing to have the kids riding buses [that were not] able to get to school," she said.

Rainbow subdivision residents are set to meet with Clark County officials on Wednesday to discuss a planned flood control project on the mountain. That meeting is slated for 7 p.m. at the Mt. Charleston Library.

County commissioners will also meet that day to discuss the possibility of declaring a state emergency for the Rainbow subdivision to obtain emergency funding to clean the damage.

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