Kyle Canyon residents continue flood clean up
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CREATED Sep. 15, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Two weeks ago residents in Kyle Canyon's Rainbow Subdivision were trapped in their homes by flood waters.
The Sunday storm led to a swift water rescue.
It also washed away large sections of Rainbow Canyon Road, flooded some homes and left many driveways buried under several feet of debris.
Most of the people have cleared their driveways and paths to their front doors, but they also know they have a long way to go.
"It's really just started. We had almost a foot of mud here on the patio," Jim Lytner said as he helped clean up his friend’s driveway.
After two weeks of hammering fences back in place and shoveling mud and rocks, residents are beginning to clear a path for themselves.
"It's half a shovel full at a time, because it is so heavy cause you have to throw it over the plywood and over your head to get rid of the material. So by 10:00 you are pretty worn out and have to look for something else to do," Duffy Grismanauskas said.
Many times that other work involves jumping on a tractor to clear the three feet of rock and mud that was left behind by the flood waters that washed away large sections of the community's road on Sept. 1.
That left those with damage to call on neighbors and friends for help.
"With the neighbors and the people across the street there is probably 100 to 150 man hours just in trying to clear dirt," Lytner said.
All that work has just gone in to making the properties passable, so residents can access their homes. Many of them say they won't get to the finer details until spring if not later.
"That's going to be a long time coming, because as you can see just in the debris that is here on the island, it doesn't look like much, but there has got to be 30 tons of material," Grismanauskas said.
For now residents say they will continue working to make progress every day.