People looking at selling NW homes because of endless flooding

LAS VEGAS -- Some people living in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley are fed up with the recurring flooding in their neighborhoods.

Many are concerned about the new housing construction near flooded areas.

Once it starts raining, flood water fills Grand Teton Drive near Durango Drive, leaving some people so frustrated they're considering leaving the northwest.

The rushing waters kept Jeanette Shoemaker and Tammy Esposito from getting into their homes.

"It created a huge amount of anxiety. I was a mess," Esposito said.

For some northwest residents, the raging flood waters turning their neighborhood streets into rivers is nothing new but some homeowners say it has become too much to handle and have considered moving.

"There are reasons for moving but it certainly has been a contributing factor for us. I'm very frustrated," Esposito said.

"I was shocked that Grand Teton gets it as bad as it does, and we did not realize that until my son bought the house out here," Shoemaker said.

Homeowners along Grand Teton say another frustration is not having a way in or out of their housing complex once it floods.

"There's only one road into the complex, where was that builder's head?" Shoemaker said.

Shoemaker's son's house is currently up for sale, along with other homes around the Grand Teton area.

What is shocking to Shoemaker is how many homes are still being built in areas that are prone to flooding.

"Several thousand more homes further northwest of us, have they planned for the flooding? I feel bad for people attempting to buy a home there and the next monsoon it will be flooded again," Shoemaker said.

She hopes builders and future homeowners in the northwest part of town do their research.

"Hopefully planning is better for all the houses out there but the flooding needs to be taken care of before more houses are built and people lose their property because of it," Shoemaker said.

Shoemaker says she'll be more careful when buying her next home.

"That would be my first question, ‘Do you get flooding?' I would be walking the neighborhood, I would be checking and maybe I won't buy until it is raining," Shoemaker said.

Other homeowners say they don't mind living on this side of town, they just don't plan on leaving the house once it starts raining.


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