Thunderstorm leaves behind downed trees, soaked roads
CREATED Sep. 9, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The northwest part of the Valley was spared Mother Nature's wrath on Monday. This time, east Las Vegas and North Las Vegas got slammed, and the central part of the Valley was hit hard, too.
By 11 p.m. on Monday, water was still standing wheel high at Decatur and O'Bannon near Sahara, hours after roaring winds and bolts of lightning set off a storm that flooded intersections all along Nellis Boulevard in the east.
Michelle Minnick was caught off guard, "I'm wet and I'm cold. I don't have no jacket or nothing."
In North Las Vegas, huge gusts ripped a tree up by its roots and slammed it on top of a car near Commerce and Ann.
Downtown, people scrambled for cover, including Zappos employees running into their new headquarters in the old Las Vegas City Hall.
Pounding rain cut visibility near Valley View and Spring Mountain, and covered the roadway.
But while most folks were just inconvenienced, near the Desert Rose Golf Course there is desperate fear. One year since the devastating floods wiped many of them out, the drainage problem has not been fixed.
Karen Brokaw asked, "Am I going to come home to a flooded house?"
Robin Tucker planned to check the golf course every hour, "I'm nervous because we've just literally got new furniture and all new stuff and if it gets destroyed again we're going to have to walk away."
From the "for-sale" signs in front of homes on her street, it's clear several of her neighbors already have.