Washed out roads dry out by Labor Day
Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- It's a bumpy road trying to get through Cactus Avenue right off South Maryland Parkway. But drivers are just glad they can get through. Because over the weekend, there was no way.
"Actually, all of a sudden, the water started coming down this direction and I turned around and went in the other direction," recalls Joan Bennett, a local resident driving through today as she recalls how her drive went on Saturday through the same area. "It was scary, yeah."
Action News got video of what that stretch of road was like on Saturday, when flood waters took over the road. It was enough to keep traffic out. No one wanted to get swept up into the gravel pit on one side or the ditch on the other.
The ditch Monday was still full of muddy water, but at least it had receded a lot. And Cactus Avenue up above is passable. There are plenty of rocks and debris, making it a bumpy drive, but a sign that says it's a road not maintained by the county implies that drivers that want to go through can do so at their own risk.
And just a few miles away on Dale Avenue near Las Vegas Boulevard in Henderson, David Dashney and his parrot, Lucy, can finally leave their home. Just Sunday, they felt trapped because the wash near their home was filled with water. He took pictures and sent them to Action News to show just how high the water was.
"Yeah, there was no way to escape," he says. "I had to come back and I tried to go down the other road, which is Rettig Avenue and it was flooded even worse."
But one day later, he's shocked at how much things have dried up. Even though there's a fresh layer of gravel that carried through and sits in the wash, he's glad he can at least drive through.
And even though it's a holiday, Clark County workers have been hard at work clearing out some of the roads that were worst hit by the weekend storms. A spokesperson tells Action News that crews spent much of the morning clearing out the roads up on Mt. Charleston.