Locals excited about and welcomed rainy weather

LAS VEGAS - After 116 days without rain, the wet weather is also a welcome sight for many.

"It's a good deal, you know," said George Grant, enjoying the rain?  "I hear the rain falling on the outside, and it's like 'yeah, it's a cool day,' you know?"

Grant enjoyed and took in the change in weather on Tuesday.

"Oh, I think it's great, you know, Grant said. "We've got a little rain, and ain't nothing like walking in the rain!"

Mike Anthon also said it was about time the record dry streak came to an end.

"We need it pretty badly," Anthon said. "I know the lake (Mead) is down quite a bit, and we need water for pretty much everything." 

Many parts of the valley saw the rain totals exceed an inch in the storm, causing the normally-dry storm channels to flow briskly, emptying into detention basins all over town.

Ever since the first drop of rain fell, it's been more of a steady rain, not a downpour like it is in the summer. There was intermittent street flooding, but there was also a build-up of trash that caused things like tires to get washed into the street.

That's four months of trash getting washed into the roads covering up the drains, and causing street flooding.

The area near Sahara and Highland had a lot of garbage that required the attention of an NDOT worker to clear the drains.

It was the same story in downtown Las Vegas near 6th and Oakey.

When it comes to the flood waters, many drivers decided to play it safe and not test the waters, while others forged ahead.  Many saw car problems as a result.

"Drivers out here are kind of rough without rain, so with rain, I don't know man," Grant said.

The detention basins are expected to continue to rise over the next several hours.

The Regional Flood Control District urges everyone to stay out of the basin's, along with the drainage tunnels and washes in general.


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