Growing concern over northwest Las Vegas flooding
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CREATED Aug. 28, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Flood water has been ripping through northwest Valley neighborhoods since Sunday, tearing up roadways in its path. Grand Teton near Grand Canyon looks like a raging river.
Officials told Action News they expect the flow to continue through Wednesday.
The cost estimate of repair for damages is now in the millions of dollars, according to Steve Ross with the Las Vegas City Council.
For some neighbors, the shock of the flooding is wearing off and the inconvenience is setting in.
"I'm having to take different routes each and every day," said resident David Phelps.
Other residents are flat out fed up. They question why the city hasn't fixed the problem of frequent flooding in the area.
The water you see flowing through streets in the northwest Valley is designed to run through those neighborhood streets, according to the Regional Flood Control District.
It's releasing a controlled amount of water from the Kyle Canyon Detention Basin, built back in 1995, when that section of the northwest was undeveloped desert landscape.
"At the time, it made perfect sense to let the water flow into a natural wash," said Erin Neff with the Regional Flood Control District. "That [wash, eventually] became Grand Teton Road, and houses went up. Developers never paid to put these sections underground."
Knowing that, some residents say the people in the neighborhood should have done their homework before moving in.
"It's just like the people who [lived by] the pig farm. [They] moved into an area where they already knew that it smelled. [Or] like the people who live by the [North] Las Vegas Airport. They're complaining about the noise of the airplanes," said resident DJ Butler.
However, others nearby say there's no excuse for the damage these floods are causing. Resident Deborah Peterson told Action News, "[We] trust our city officials to make sure the developers did what they were supposed to do to protect us. How were we supposed to know that this was going to happen?"
The Regional Flood Control District said plans have been made to start construction on a flood control project in the northwest part of the Valley. They're expecting to break ground in January of 2014. The project is anticipated to be complete by 2015.