Las Vegas flood tears up strip casinos and parking lots



Monsoon rain swept through downtown Las Vegas Thursday night, tossing casino carpets on the Strip through leaky rooftops and rushing through a parking lot that looked more like a course of whitewater rapids.

Videos shared on social media showed rainwater falling from a video panel and covering the floor of the sport bets at Circa Casino and Resort; heavily dripping light fixtures at Caesars Palace; Planet Hollywood becomes soaked; and flood waters surge through the Linq Hotel garage floor. A player at the Fremont Hotel and Casino kept playing through the flood.

The Las Vegas Weather Service warned of wind gusts approaching 70 mph, urging Twitter followers to “shelter now!” Las Vegas Fire and Rescue tweeted that he responded to 330 calls for service, mostly weather-related, and rescued seven people in whitewater.

Several intersections were flooded. The Las Vegas Review Log reported more than 7,000 customers faced power outages after 10 p.m.

Instead of seeping into the desert, stormwater tends to accumulate in Las Vegas, which means relatively little precipitation can lead to flooding.

Monsoon-triggered storms prompted the National Weather Service to issue severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings Thursday night. Radar showed a narrow but intense swath of thunderstorms that swept through Vegas around 8:30 p.m. local time North.

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Harry Reid International Airport received 0.32 inches of rain – about its average amount for all of July – while “a few pockets in the city picked up over an inch,” the weather service wrote.

Thursday marked the second night of monsoon storms in the city, with more expected in the southwest, according to the National Weather Service.

Nevada’s summer was marked by drought; Lake Mead water levels have reached their lowest point since 1937, according to NASAexposing three sets of human remains in the reservoir since May.

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Across the country, catastrophic flooding in eastern Kentucky has killed at least 16 people since Wednesday. Historic rainfall around St. Louis on Tuesday caused flash flooding that killed one person. Both showers are considered 1 in 1,000 year rainfall events.


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