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Gov. Sandoval tours Mount Charleston; new flood warning issued


Steve Marcus

Residents Bella Rubyor, 4, and her mother Crystal survey flood damage in the Rainbow Subdivision on Mt. Charleston Monday, July 28, 2014. The neighborhood was hit hard by flooding and debris in runoff last year as well.

Updated Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 | 2:23 p.m.

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 says he's open to the idea of the state taking responsibility for a Southern Nevada flood control project that Clark County rejected.

Sandoval made the remarks after he toured the Mount Charleston subdivision Friday where a muddy flash flood this week damaged homes.

Meanwhile, a new flash flood warning was issued for Mt. Charleston this afternoon.

The warning was issued by the National Weather Service at 1:18 p.m. for the mountain's eastern communities, including Rainbow and Kyle Canyons. Roads affected include Kyle Canyon Road, U.S. 95 and Harris Springs Road. The order is in effect until 4:15 p.m.

After Monday's flood, dozens of residents were placed under a boil-water order that the Las Vegas Valley Water District lifted today.

The flooding was made worse because a wildfire there last summer destroyed much of the vegetation.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offered to build an earthen barrier that could protect the homes from floods, but Clark County officials rejected the agreement because it required the county to assume legal liability for the berm.

Sandoval says he hopes to bring the parties to an agreement.

Las Vegas Sun reporter Ian Whitaker and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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