Rain brings flooding to northwest Las Vegas, closing streets

LAS VEGAS - Some roads in northwest Las Vegas are shut down to traffic Monday due to the flooding. 

All lanes on Buffalo Drive at Grand Teton Drive are closed to traffic. Grand Teton is also closed from Durango Drive to Buffalo Drive.

Another hard hit area is near Shady Pines Way and El Capitan Way where water runoff has flooded streets and some vehicles.

First responders urge people to avoid flooded areas. Walking or driving through moving water is extremely dangerous. It doesn't take much water to wash a car away.

Clark County Fire Department Battalion Chief Eric Poleski says the department has rescued five people from moving water in recent weeks.

He says swift water rescues can be matters of life and death for both the victim and the rescuer.

"About a third of the people that die in swift water rescue situations are professional rescuers like firefighters, or they are bystanders who are trying to help, and they go in the water trying to rescue someone," he said.

Poleski says it's extremely important to stay out of washes, even if it's not raining in that immediate area. Rain water from other parts of the valley can unexpectedly run through a wash.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch in western Clark County and southern Nye County until 9 p.m. Monday. The watch is also in effect for the Spring Mountains, Red Rock Canyon and Lincoln County.

Clark County officials say the weekend rain has damaged some roads in the Mt. Charleston area, causing erosion on Rainbow Canyon Boulevard, a landslide on Kyle Canyon Road and washing out Harris Springs Road

Forecasters predict more thunderstorms will strike the valley Monday.

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