Heavy Rainfall Soaks, Floods Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- Thunderstorm cells with heavy rains and lightning converged on the Las Vegas valley Tuesday afternoon causing flooding across the valley.

Rain fell at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour in neighborhoods from Southern Highlands to neighborhoods near Sunrise Mountain. Streets and homes were flooded and numerous intersections, including a section of the 215-Beltway, were closed. The eastbound side of the beltway was closed to motorists between Interstate 15 and Warm Springs Road. The Charleston Underpass, east of I-15, was also flooded and closed to traffic.

The weather caused a power outage across the valley that impacted 13,000 customers. As of 4 p.m., 6,000 customers were still without power.

Las Vegas firefighters responded to a collapsed structure near Fremont and Bruce Streets. The roof of a 7-Eleven store is believed to have caved in, fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

 

SLIDESHOW: Flooding Across the Las Vegas Valley

The Regional Justice Center was closed to all non-essential business because of flooding and standing water, Clark County spokesperson MaryAnn Price said. Full operations are expected to resume Wednesday morning.

Metro Police are advising motorists to stay off the road until the rain passes. Also, avoid driving into any flooded intersection.

The City of Las Vegas is advising motorists to avoid Stewart Avenue because of flooding in the downtown area.

In some areas, water is 10 inches deep, making the street impassable. Alternate routes are Ogden Avenue and Bonanza Road.

This is the wettest Sept. 11 on record in Las Vegas since the National Weather Service began tracking precipitation in Las Vegas in 1937. McCarran International Airport has officially recorded 1.17 inches of rain as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. The all-time record remains at 2.58 inches that fell in Las Vegas on Aug. 21, 1957.

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