Flood District: Improvements coming to northwest areas
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- 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.
The detention basin located at the base of Kyle Canyon, collected 30 feet of rain water in just four hours on Sunday, described by the RFCD as an unprecedented amount of rainfall.
The flood district is releasing a controlled amount of water from the basin, which then flows quickly down Grand Teton.
It's the path the flood waters were designed to take for several years, dating back to before houses were in that area.
"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. The economy went bad, and it never got done. We know we need to make this project happen."
The Regional Flood Control District said plans are finally back on track and they expect to have the project completed in 2015.