Flood control master plan about 75 percent done

LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas valley has been dealing with record heat for weeks, but now monsoon season is upon us in southern Nevada.

The monsoon season runs from July through September and the Regional Flood Control District says progress continues on its master flood plan which is now 75 percent complete.

The flood plan has been expanding and in the works for nearly 30 years.

The regional flood control expects it'll likely be another 25 to 30 years to complete the final 25 percent of the plan. That's because as the city keeps growing, the master plan keeps expanding and updating to create more flood channels around the valley.

Torrential rains, aerial rescues and suburban streets that turn into rivers are all a familiar sight during monsoon season - especially of seasons past.

"During a rainfall, even the streets fill up with water and those are all directed to the facilities, the channels, the storm drains and the retention basins," Andrew Trelease, Regional Flood Control.

Rescues aren't quite as frequent as the Regional Flood Control's master plan inches closer to completion.

The master plan has already created 612 miles of expansive channels and 91 detention basins for fast moving flood water on streets to drain into.

"Were very pleased with the progress we've made," Trelease said. "As I've mentioned, we've spent $1.8 billion on flood control facilities since the inception of the district."

The new washes and updated, expanded channels have since saved lives. After flash flooding killed a worker at the old Desert Rose golf course in September 2012.

"The project's been very effective since we've open the course, we've had roughly nine storm events on the property. The golf course has allowed itself to remain open during those times," said Matt Kalbak, general manager, The Club at Sunrise Golf Course.

Recently the flood control increased capacity of the flood channels that run through the new course.

"We're very proud of how those facilities have worked during a rainfall event and we're very proud of the way they've responded to the types of flooding we've had in the recent past," Trelease said.

Still remaining on the list are 24 more detention basins and 205 more miles of channel for flood waters to flow through. The last 25 percent of the plan is expected to take another 25 to 30 years to complete.


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