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Commissioners fear Mount Charleston flood protection comes at steep cost

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Commissioners fear Mount Charleston flood protection comes at steep cost

By Spencer Lubitz. CREATED Aug 7, 2014

Mount Charleston, NV (KTNV) -- County commissioners are thinking about turning down an offer from the federal government to build a temporary flood berm protecting the Rainbow Canyon subdivision.

The harsher floods have badly damaged homes in the subdivision, and while the federal government has offered to build a temporary flood berm to protect a part of the neighborhood, county commissioners said there is a worm in that apple.

Although the federal government would pay for its construction, no matter what damage happens as a result of that berm, the county would be responsible.

"If a storm came and went down there, destroyed the federal camp ground and then destroyed NDOT's roadway, they're saying that the county would be responsible for all those repairs," said Commission Vice Chair Larry Brown.

Commission Chair Steve Sisolak said the federal blueprints for the berm have had to be re-drawn at least three times. He fears the temporary berm could cause new flooding, and new damage which county taxpayers would then have to cover.

The county may still take advantage of the federal government's offer to build the berm.

Commissioners said they would be happy to approve it, if the state agreed to be held liable for some of the damages, but they're still waiting to hear from Gov. Sandoval's Office.

Spencer Lubitz

Spencer Lubitz

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Spencer Lubitz is a general assignment reporter for Action News.