2 dead after heavy rain flooded Las Vegas streets during wettest monsoon season in a decade
Two people died after heavy rain hit Las Vegas casinos and flooded streets Thursday night during the wettest monsoon season in a decade, according to Clark County officials.
Officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County Fire Department firefighters located and subsequently removed a man in the flood canal Thursday night. He was taken in an ambulance to the University of Southern Nevada Medical Center, where he later died, according to Clark County Deputy Fire Superintendent Billy Samuels.
At around 2 p.m. Friday, Clark County Department of Public Works officials were using heavy equipment to remove excess debris from the flood channel while firefighters dug the piles by hand and found the wreckage. the second nucleus in the flood channel.
The man’s body was removed from the debris and turned over to the Clark County Coroner’s Office, Samuels said.
Rainwater seeped through the ceiling at the Planet Hollywood casino on Thursday, as seen in a video posted by CNN affiliate KTNV, which reported 114 blackouts in Clark County affecting about 12,000 people .
Strong monsoon rains in recent weeks have reduced the extent of drought in the southwest – as well as western Lientai – to levels not seen for months. Scientists have warned that extreme droughts and floods will become more frequent and severe as the planet warms.
In Nevada, the area’s “extreme drought” fell to 4% from nearly 30% last week – the lowest level in nearly two years, the report said. Conditions were worse in California’s Central Valley but improved some in the eastern deserts after notable rains brought flooding into Death Valley last week.
In Las Vegas, Thursday’s 0.58 inches of rain brought the total for this year’s monsoon season to 1.28 inches, the wettest since 2012, at 3.63 inches. The monsoon season runs from June 15 to September 30. The wettest monsoon season of all time was in 1984, with 4.16 inches.