East Las Vegas residents worry about upcoming flood season
By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Jun 26, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The City of Las Vegas, Clark County and the Regional Flood Control District are teaming up on a $51 million project designed to handle three times the amount of rain that soaked east Las Vegas last year.
It won't be done until sometime in 2015, and with the start of flash flood season just days away, residents are concerned about protecting lives and property right now.
Many of them met at Las Vegas High School on East Sahara Wednesday night for the second town hall meeting this year to look at the blueprints.
Betty Parker was among those frustrated, "Now they're saying it's gonna be another year or so before anything's done? We lost everything, last September. Everything."
The project, which was expanded from fixing flooding problems at the Desert Rose Golf Course, to shoring up the Flamingo and Las Vegas Washes, is still in the design stage.
County officials hope to begin construction in 2014.
Meanwhile, affected east Las Vegas residents are being encouraged to get flood insurance now, because it takes 30 days to go into effect.