Preparations underway for mountain flood control project

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. - The Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service are helping to prevent dangerous floods from hitting homes on Mount Charleston.

On Tuesday, crews will partially shut down Kyle Canyon Road from U.S. 95 to the turnoff to Rainbow Canyon Road to bring a bulldozer to the mountain. The bulldozer will be used for the Flood Diversion Berm project.

The project will redirect water and debris downhill, away from Rainbow Canyon Road and into an existing creek. Federal engineers mapped out the project last week.

"You'll be able to see how it all slopes down, where the different slopes are, where the different crevices meet each other, and that will show how water collects and channels down the mountain," said federal civil engineer Michael Rivera.

The project is welcome news for people living on Mount Charleston. Some residents say the berm will bring peace of mind when the next storm hits.

Mt. Charleston resident Sue Mowbray has experienced the damage flooding on the mountain can bring.

"We had a lot more damage this time. The first year, it didn't go inside. This year, it went inside, and three rooms down below got pretty badly damaged," she said.

Construction on the berm is scheduled to start in October. Federal engineers say the project should be finished by November.

Kyle Canyon Road will be partially shut down Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.


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