Rushing water caused by heavy rain in the northwest Las Vegas Valley kept rescue crews busy Sunday, and forecasters said more rain is possible Monday.
The heavy rain began falling across parts of Mt. Charleston about lunchtime Sunday. The rain rushed down to the Valley floor, flooding many roads in the Summerlin area. The Kyle Canyon area picked up about 4 inches of rain by the time the storm was over, according to FOX5 Meteorologist Les Krifaton.
Tim Szymanski, public information officer for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, said between 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. rescuers responded to 18 swift-water rescues. He said most were vehicles that had stalled in deep water in Summerlin, Laughlin and North Las Vegas.
Szymanski said the most serious rescue happened on Scottie Street near Grand Teton Drive. He said that crews arrived at the scene and found an adult and child trapped in a car with flood waters rising around it. He said crews were able to rescue the pair and take them to family waiting at the base of the mountain.
Kyle Canyon Road was blocked off for several hours after flood waters washed out sections of the roads near it, according to officials.
Flood waters also forced officials to change the route some took for the first day of school Monday. Larry Hadfield, spokesman for Las Vegas Metro police, said parents who normally use Grand Teton Drive to get to Arbor View High School will only be allowed to use northbound Buffalo Drive. He said those traveling to Saville Middle School can only travel westbound from Jones Boulevard on Grand Teton Drive.
More flooding is possible Monday, according to forecasters. A flash flood watch remains in effect until Monday evening.
Krifaton said abundant amounts of moisture have been pushed in to the region from what was Tropical Storm Ivo. He said showers and storms could develop by the afternoon, causing more flooding problems.
Rain chances remain in the area until mid-week, Krifaton said. He said temperatures will remain below 100 degrees for the next seven days.
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