Deep Waters In Southern Nevada
We had some heavy rain fall in the 96.3 KKLZ neighborhood on Monday (July 18). Seeing all those puddles and watching all the cars and trucks travel on the wet roads while looking out of our studio window got me thinking about flash floods.
You hear it every year: “It’s a desert out there.” It sure is! It doesn’t rain much here in Southern Nevada. But, when it rains, IT POURS! During the summer months, July through September, we are susceptible to flash floods here in the Las Vegas valley.
According to the Clark County Regional Flood Control District, trying to walk or stand in six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you try to drive through six inches of water, even if it’s still water, it can easily make you lose control of your vehicle. I didn’t realize this, but according to CCRFCD, “nearly half of flood deaths occur in cars, trucks and SUVs.” What?? That’s a shocker. That fact will certainly make me think twice before I travel through a big puddle after one of those heavy thunderstorms. If you have kids who love to play outdoors during summer vacation, make sure they know to avoid playing in or near storm drains, channels, washes and detention basins. Per CCRFCD’s website, “water can flow through this network at any time,” even when it’s not raining.
We always need rain here in Southern Nevada, but the next time we get a downpour, “Stay Water Safe!”
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ – Las Vegas. After programming top-rated radio stations in cities like Bakersfield, CA, Nashville, TN, and Riverside / San Bernardino, CA, he and his family decided to plant roots here in Las Vegas in 1994. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.