City officials warn drivers, prepare for floods

Spencer Lubitz

City officials warn drivers, prepare for floods

CREATED Jul. 18, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Officials are warning if the Spring Mountain range sees some measurable rainfall, residents in the northwest could see debris from 20 miles up the mountain washing right into their neighborhood because of the Carpenter 1 wildfire.

The stream of black water that came rushing through the northwest valley last week has crews still cleaning up that mess.

Grand Teton has been closed from Durango Drive to Rainbow Boulevard after the street became inundated with soot and ash, a nasty side effect of the fire and rain up on Mount Charleston.

Of the highest concern for the city is that the black mucky combination of water ash and soot makes for an extremely slippery mixture. The conditions could be very be dangerous for drivers -- much like driving on ice.

“It's all about public safety,” said Steve Ross, city councilman for Ward 6.  “Even walking or having your kids or your animals around that. It's terrible, terrible stuff.”

According to the Action News weather team, the weekend could be active as an area of low pressure moves westward and brings plenty of moisture with it. Clouds increase by Friday afternoon and showers and thunderstorms will be likely beginning on Saturday.

Our best chance to see showers and thunderstorms in the Vegas Valley and the Spring Mountains will be on Sunday and Monday, but south of Las Vegas remains the bulls eye for this low.  The main threat will be heavy rain and the potential for flash flooding.  This system will give us moisture and storm activity through Wednesday of next week.