Las Vegas Sun

February 21, 2019

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Lake Mead’s Callville Bay closed; damage estimated at $1 million

Lake Mead Area Flooding

Flooding is shown on this iPhone video Monday taken at Callville Bay in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. (Video by Todd Austin/National Park Service)

The National Park Service has temporarily closed Callville Bay to park visitors due to damage caused by Monday's storms, which is estimated at about $1 million.

Damage assessment teams from the Park Service and Forever Resorts, which operates the marina, are working this week to assess the storm damage and provide more accurate cost estimates.

Park rangers will be controlling access to the area at the intersection of Callville Bay Access Road and Northshore Road. No services will be available to the public at Callville Bay until the closure order is lifted.

Monday's storms brought about a 10-foot wall of water down the Callville Wash, which caused significant damage to the marina and knocked out electricity to the area. Officials said the water was powerful enough to move the 10,000-pound concrete blocks used to anchor the marina.

No privately owned boats in the marina were damaged. NV Energy is working to restore power, which could take up to a week, officials said.

Echo Bay launch ramp is expected to be closed through the end of the week after the dirt access road was washed out. Other services at Echo Bay are available.

Temple Bar and Hemenway Harbor launch ramps are open.

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