Two People Missing Wednesday Night, Washed Away In Las Vegas Canals
Heavy rains and gusty winds hit the Las Vegas Strip, the I-15 Resort Corridor, portions of Henderson, and the Lake Mead Recreational Area Wednesday night. Crews are searching for two people washed away by rushing water in Las Vegas canals. Undoubtedly, monsoon season continues in Southern Nevada.
Two People Washed Away In Las Vegas Canals
At this time, 8NewsNow.com is reporting that one person was rescued from rushing waters through Las Vegas canals Wednesday night. However, Linsey Lewis’s article also states that crews are still searching for two other missing people.
Specifically, Las Vegas Metro Police Department officers and Clark County Fire Department personnel responded to separate calls Wednesday night between 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Several people called in reports about people being washed away in canals near East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane.
Canals near Sahara Avenue and Lamb Boulevard, as well as Sahara and Nellis Boulevard, are other areas where rescue crews are searching for missing people.
Monsoon Season Continues In Southern Nevada
By now, everyone should be aware that even though it doesn’t rain that often in Southern Nevada, when it does, the water moves fast. You’ve heard the warning: “Turn around; don’t drown.” Sure, that applies to driving through rushing water. But, it also applies to walking or standing in rushing water.
In fact, when heavy rains and thunderstorms hit the Las Vegas valley, the storm water really gets moving quickly. It’s important to realize that during summer monsoon months sudden downpours and rapid flash flooding can occur. The Clark County Regional Flood Control District has helpful information on their website.
For example, did you know that water rushing through flood control channels can reach 30 miles per hour? Six inches of rushing water at that speed can knock you off your feet. Per RegionalFlood.org, these flood control “facilities include detention basins, channels, washes, and storm drains.”
Basically, you should avoid walking through or standing in flood control channels even when it’s not raining. In brief, water can flow through these channels at any time.