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Saturday
Jul202013

Severe Storms Cause Flooding in Las Vegas

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- Severe thunderstorms hit Las Vegas Friday evening causing flash flooding near the Strip.

Nevada Energy tweeted overnight that crews were working to restore power to about 33,000 customers.

Storms hit the northeast side of Las Vegas, pounding the area with rain and strong gusts of wind in the early evening. A 71 mph gust was recorded at Nellis Air Force Base.

Some areas experienced more than 2 feet of water. National Weather Service Meteorologist Todd Lericos, said roads were the worst affected by the storm.

“The widespread nature of the precipitation as the storm came across really caused a lot of inundation of a lot of the drainages around town and that cause a lot of headaches at intersections and road crossings,” Lericos said.

According to Lericos, at least two water rescues took place in the Las Vegas metro area due to rapidly rising water.

Thankfully, the floodwaters are receding.

“We'll start to see a lot of the waters recede as all of it works its way out of the valley and into Lake Mead but we still may see some ponding of water in areas,” Lericos said.

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