Las Vegas Sun

October 20, 2017

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Cars stranded as storms cause flooding in the valley

Flash flood warning still in effect; chance of rain decreasing throughout weekend

More than a dozen vehicles were stranded Friday, sandwiched between flooded areas, near Nelson’s Landing at Lake Mohave.

Storms passing south of the Las Vegas Valley dropped 4 inches of rain on the Nelson’s Landing area in two hours, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Stumpf.

“It’s a pretty sizeable amount of water, about 100 feet wide and up to 6 feet deep,” Stumpf said. “There are some cars stranded; they are stuck in an area where they can’t go forward or backward, but they aren’t being washed away or anything.”

In the Las Vegas Valley, the Anthem area received approximately a half-inch of rain in about 30 minutes, causing flooding at some intersections.

A section of U.S. 95 near Searchlight was temporarily flooded Friday, as well, according to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson. Additionally, the Temple Bar access road, on the Arizona side of Lake Mead, is flooded and has been closed by park services.

A flash flood watch is in effect until 11 p.m. Friday.

As of 2 p.m., most of the storms in the area had passed through Las Vegas and were headed east toward Arizona.

There is a 20 percent chance of precipitation in the valley Saturday, Stumpf said, with a decreasing chance of rain on Sunday.

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