Maintenance Worker Missing After Storm

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police Search and Rescue are looking for a man who went missing following Tuesday's floods. 

Calletano Lopez, 38, was last seen working at the Desert Rose Golf Course on East Sahara Avenue and Sloan Lane Tuesday afternoon.

The area was hit hard by Tuesday's thunderstorms and at least 15 people were rescued by search and rescue teams.

Lopez works for Par 3 Landscaping. Metro Police said the company called employees late Tuesday afternoon and told them to go home for the day, after a storm swept through the valley and flooded several neighborhoods. When no one heard from Lopez, police were called out.

After conducting an aerial search of the golf course, they found the backhoe tractor Lopez had been using. The tractor was trapped in mud. Lopez was nowhere to be found and his car remains in the golf course parking lot.

"Our top priority is to throw every available resource we have to locate this individual," said Metro Police Officer Laura Meltzer.

Metro is cautioning anyone who might want to join the search.

"We do understand that a lot of people that do want to assist with finding this man – his family and community members as well," Meltzer said. "The conditions out here are still extremely dangerous, and we are asking that if anyone is going to assist, they be extremely careful. There's a lot of mud out here, and the water levels are still very high."

Metro reminds people to not underestimate the power of rushing water and avoid such areas if possible.

Police also warn about the danger of debris and mud in areas that were flooded Tuesday.


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