Warning to kids to stay out of washes during monsoon storms

LAS VEGAS - A lot of wash areas serve dual purposes around the Las Vegas valley.  Washes act as parks and trails when dry, but when it rains the wash areas become channels or an overflow basin.

Take last week: When monsoon storms roared through the valley, the trails along the Arroyo Grande Sports Complex closed to flooding.

"It's strong enough to take you.  It could put you under the water, Conner Coffer said. "It's pretty dangerous, especially for little kids.

Children are usually a pretty common sight around the playground and sports complex surrounding the wash, which is one of the reasons Coffer thinks more warnings or perhaps a fence should be present.

"It'll help everyone be safe; just to make sure everyone is on the same page and that they know that it could get dangerous," Coffer said.

The warnings would be good for kids and teens like Seth Salazar who isn't from Las Vegas, but he encountered flooding rains when he tried to ride his bike near a wash last week.

"It was right after it rained.  It was the day that it rained; it was flooded.  The whole park was flooded," Seth said. "The bike jumps were flooded."

The teen says he has seen other kids playing inside the water in the wash area this summer, but he says he's staying clear.

The City of Henderson has parks and recreation crews that do put signs up when the area flood.  Flood Control says when it rains, water can flow through the area up to 30 miles per hour, which could be deadly for kids who might think it's cool to play in the water.
    


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