Rain having major effect on Las Vegas valley

The Las Vegas valley went without rain for 116 days but that streak ended yesterday.

The rainfall hasn't let up around the city and forecast calls for a steady amount throughout the day.

Due to the rainfall, flooding has occurred in some parts of the city.

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Traffic delays are also a concern as the roads grow slick.

Nevada Highway Patrol reported that from 10 a.m. Jan. 8 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 9, its Southern Command responded to 213 crashes, 2 of which resulted in critical injuries. NHP responded to 94 motorist assists, most of those were vehicles that lost control and got stuck in the rocks on the on/off ramps and shoulders and had to be assisted out. 

To put those numbers into perspective on the same days and times for last week, NHP responded to 61 crashes and 73 motorist assists. The crash total represents more than a 300 percent increase in crashes when it rains on our highways in Southern Nevada. 

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