Flash flooding damages homes, roads and utilities

LAS VEGAS -- Flash flooding caused major damage in the Rainbow Canyon area of Mount Charleston Monday. Rainbow Canyon Boulevard was washed out making it impassable, six homes and utility lines were damaged, and a boil water notice has been issued for the area.

According to the Clark County Regional Flood Control District, "catastrophic flooding" occurred in the Rainbow Canyon area. The storm caused heavy rain and pea-sized hail on the mountain. The Las Vegas Valley Water District is also reporting that 112 customers are without water due to a pipe damaged by the flooding. As a precautionary measure, residents are being advised to boil water before using it to drink, for food preparation, brushing teeth, washing dishes and making ice until further notice. The water should reach a rolling boil for three minutes before being used. The notice is only issued for residents of Lower Rainbow subdivision. Residents in Cathedral Rock, Old Town, Echo and the upper portion of Rainbow subdivision are not affected. 

A flash flood emergency continues for the Carpenter 1 burn area and Rainbow Canyon. According to the National Weather Service, a debris flow of up to five feet deep was reported in some areas.

Impacted areas include: Mount Charleston, Floyd Lamb State Park, Fletcher View campground, Kyle Canyon campground, Mahogany Grove campground, Dolomite campground and McWilliams campground.

Rainbow Canyon subdivision was hit hard with flooding last summer after much of the vegetation on the mountain that protected the subdivision from flooding was burned in the Carpenter 1 wildfire.

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