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New video highlights danger of washes during monsoon season

New video highlights danger of washes during monsoon season

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 24, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- For most of the year, washes all over the Las Vegas valley look more like harmless dried-up creek beds. But, that can change very quickly when it rains.

Several people thought the washes were their personal waterparks during the recent monsoon storms.

But a new video from the Boulder City Fire Department shows just how dangerous the flooded washes can be.

The video shows a teenager being swept along in the wash. Several people attempt to help him.

Finally, one man puts himself in danger and grabs the young man from the water -- only feet away from a drop that could have seriously hurt or killed the teen.

In another part of Clark County, three young men took a joyride on an inflatable mattress.

"I thought it was dumb, dumber and dumbest," said Gale Fraser, a general manager for the Clark County Flood Control District.

"This water is moving so fast and so dirty, and it's so full of pollutants sometimes. And, you have bridges. They're just risking their lives," continued Fraser.

Even drivers who thing they are safe from Mother Nature learned on Wednesday that their vehicles are just toys to Mother Nature.

With the monsoon season still underway, the hope is that citizens will heed the warning from officials to stay out of the water.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.