UPDATE 3:00 P.M. Traffic is flowing once again on Fort Apache Road between Gomer Road and Le Baron road. It was closed most of the day Thursday while Clark County crews were cleaning up from flooding. Clark County officials sent an army of backhoes, bulldozers, and street-sweepers out to help with the clean-up.
Bulldozers and backhoes took turns removing mud and silt from the streets, while street-sweepers dusted off any dirt left behind. Some residents were surprised how quickly everything got cleaned up.
"They have come to the scene. They are on it. They’ve been killing it. They’re doing a great job. I can’t believe it’s dry and clean. The street sweepers have been going for over an hour," said Crissy Simon, a Mountain's Edge resident.
Neighbors still want answers from the county about what went wrong and a fix to prevent future flooding.
"I wish they would stop building out this far. They are not planning correctly. They’re not doing it right. I don’t know, maybe do the drainage ditches before you start moving this soft dirt," suggested Simon.
By 5 p.m., all that was left behind by clean-up crews was a large mound of dirt and some sandbags, both acting as barriers in case any more monsoon rain drains down from the mountains.
UPDATE 9:45 A.M. The Clark County Regional Flood Control District is working to control the flooding in a neighborhood near Blue Diamond Road and Fort Apache.
The Upper Duck Creek Detention Basin did NOT breach. It has a depth of 39 feet. Peak water level yesterday at 3:55 p.m. was 4.73 feet. Basins capture water and discharge at a slower rate.— Regional Flood (@RegionalFlood) August 1, 2019
SITUATION UPDATE: As of 8:10 a.m. Upper Duck Creek DB has 1.5 inches of water. It drains to a natural wash. Water will stop draining early this afternoon. Current discharge is 26 cubic feet per second.*— Regional Flood (@RegionalFlood) August 1, 2019
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Residents in the Mountain's Edge neighborhood are dealing with flooding this morning.
The area was hit with almost an inch of rain late Wednesday and the water is still flowing at Blue Diamond and Fort Apache this morning.
Close to 1" of rain in some rain gauges in the southwest yesterday afternoon. That's practically 25% of the yearly average! pic.twitter.com/Ouu5Fts3mc— Justin Bruce (@just1nbruce) August 1, 2019
Although some people are suggesting a breach at the nearby retention basin may be to blame, the Clark County Regional Flood Control District is insisting that this is not the case.
A spokesperson for the district says they are analyzing rainfall totals in the area above the Upper Duck Creek basin where there are no rain gauges. They also said that particular basin rarely gets any water. They did say that more than 1 inch of rain fell in the drainage area based on how much water entered that facility. The basin had more than 4 feet of water. However, the top of the dam at that basin is 39 feet.
Driving or walking through areas that are flooding can be dangerous.