Drivers maneuver flooded roadways in Las Vegas
Roads were closed on the east side of the Valley after heavy rains caused flooding.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Many Las Vegas locals are strangers to navigating floodwaters and severe weather, and it showed as severe weather shut down roadways on Wednesday.
Tripping and falling in front of stalled cars, wading in water up to their knees, and driving through flooding- the severe weather was tough to handle for Las Vegas locals.
Anthony and Sheila Williams couldn't believe what they saw as they watched many manuever the flooding.
"It's crazy. All the things they they tell them...don't go through. And we're watching people get their cars towed out," Sheila said. "We got out of our car and said we'll wait it out."
The intersection at Andover and Tropicana may have looked like one big pool party, but it was dangerous.
"You can see how deep it is," Branden Tucker, who watched the flooding, said. "You can see cars are floating across the street."
Tucker said he saw several cars stall out and have to be pushed or pulled out of the intersection.
"You see the commercials on the news all the time, or on the TV about not crossing flooded intersections, and people are still trying to do it," Tucker said.
The potential for disaster was so great that Las Vegas Metro police officers stepped in.
"We already got a bunch of people stuck in the water, so I just don't want any more to happen," one police officer said.
Police used crime scene tape to help Clark County firefighters close the intersection, and shut the impromptu pool party down.