Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (NV) Flooding in Southern Nevada

Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:21:41 EST

Summary: Las Vegas area experienced flooding from first major storm of the year ending record drought of over 116 days.

A large storm system dropped about 1.5-2.5 inches in the Las Vegas vicinity, more than half as much rain as the Las Vegas area experienced all of last year. The rain brought the wettest January day on record and ended a dry period of over 116 days. Urban flooding and high flows in area washes and drains prompted many rescues and road closures throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

The Southern Nevada Networks Office deployed two crews of three people to make high-water measurements and flag high-water marks yesterday. The two crews will again be deployed today to continue making measurements and flagging indirect measurement reaches.

The NVWSC will continue to update cooperators and local flood agencies on USGS flood activities during and after this event.

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