Road repaired, water pipe fixed for Mount Charleston residents

LAS VEGAS -- Monday's flash flooding left many on Mount Charleston running out of options. The storm not only wiped out the main road into Rainbow subdivision, but left more than 100 homes without water.

The water was back in service Wednesday for most residents and Rainbow Canyon Road once again opened to traffic. Parts of the road had collapsed in the flooding posing a danger to drivers. Although the road is now passable, there is still a lot of work to be done. In all, 10 homes in the area were damaged.

From Allison Sosa's back porch, Monday's powerful waters raged as dark skies loomed overhead. She is already forming another plan for the next time Mother Nature hits.

"It's raining right now. So it makes me think of moving the car out of the driveway and onto Kyle Canyon until the storm passes. At least if we had to get out, and had no power or water again, we could still get to our car," Sosa said.

The flooding left more than 100 homes in Rainbow Canyon without water.

"I can't tell you how many times I went to the sink to turn the water on and I'm like ugh! It gets me every time," she said.

As Clark County Public Works crews tackled the collapsed roads, the Southern Nevada Water Authority finished fixing the busted water line and restored water for the subdivision.

"I expect that at least you have to have resources of some sort. Water, sewer, you need that, to survive," Sosa said.

Flooding destroyed Rainbow Canyon Boulevard last year. The road was scheduled to be paved Friday following a year of construction. A Clark County spokesperson now says that's been pushed back leaving residents frustrated.

"You're driving with a sports cars on prehistoric roads and they've been going up and down with steam rollers for a year," Ron Marino.

Meantime, some people are considering leaving the mountain.

"Now, every year we have a flood to look forward to. It's just a matter of time before it does it again," Sosa said.

Clark County Public Works must now develop a new work plan and schedule and figure out what all the new repairs will cost.


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