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November 28, 2014

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Governor announcing project to prevent Mount Charleston flooding

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Resident Joyce Luman looks inside a neighbor’s home in the Rainbow Subdivision on Mt. Charleston Monday, July 28, 2014. The homeowners were still repairing the home from last year’s storm, neighbors said.

Rainbow Subdivision Hit Hard By Flooding

Resident Joyce Luman looks inside a neighbor's home in the Rainbow Subdivision on Mt. Charleston Monday, July 28, 2014. The homeowners were still repairing the home from last year's storm, neighbors said. Launch slideshow »

Gov. Brian Sandoval has good news for residents of Mount Charleston.

Today, the governor will announce plans to build a “temporary storm water diversion structure” to protect residents and their homes from flash floods, according to a media release from the governor’s office.

Mount Charleston residents have been hammered by flash floods this summer. Earlier this month, Clark County commissioners declared a state of emergency in the Rainbow subdivision on the mountain after storm water gushed uncontrolled and mudslides tore through homes.

Clark County attempted to provide residents with a flood barrier but couldn’t do it because the project was on federal land. When Sandoval visited the storm-ravaged community on Aug. 1, he said he would consider having the state step in.

Mount Charleston residents have been peppered with natural disasters during the past two years. Last year, a wildfire burned scrub and vegetation that could have been a natural backstop for this year’s flood waters.

Sandoval’s press conference will be at 10:30 a.m. at 353 Rainbow Canyon Drive.

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