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Las Vegas Street Flood Leaves 2 Dead After Heavy Rain

Las Vegas Street Flood Leaves 2 Dead In The Wettest Monsoon Season In A Decade
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Las Vegas street flood after a heavy downpour has left at least two people dead, CNN reports.

According to the report, Clark County officials stated that the incident happened on Thursday night as the rain poured into Las Vegas casinos and flooded streets in the wettest monsoon season in a decade.

Officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County Fire Department firefighters located and then removed a man in a Las Vegas street flood channel on Thursday night. He was taken in an ambulance to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada where he later died, according to Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Billy Samuels, CNN report revealed.

On Friday around 2 p.m., officials with Clark County’s Public Works Department were using heavy equipment to remove excess debris from the flood channel while firefighters dug through the piles by hand and found a second victim in the Las Vegas street flood channel.

The man’s body was removed from the debris and transferred to the Clark County Coroner’s Office, Samuels said.

Rainwater poured in through a ceiling at Planet Hollywood casino on Thursday, as seen in a video posted by CNN affiliate KTNV, which reported 114 power outages in Clark County affecting some 12,000 people.

The robust monsoon rains in recent weeks have reduced drought levels in the Southwest as well as the Intermountain West to those not seen in many months. Extreme drought and extreme flooding will become more frequent and more intense as the planet warms, scientists have warned.

In Nevada, the “exceptional drought” area dropped to 4% from nearly 30% over the prior week — its lowest point in nearly two years, the report said. Conditions worsened in California’s Central Valley but improved some in the eastern deserts after the notable rains brought flooding last week to Death Valley.

In Las Vegas, Thursday’s rainfall of 0.58 inches brought the total for this year’s monsoon season to 1.28 inches, the wettest since 2012, which had 3.63 inches. Monsoon season runs from June 15 to September 30. The all-time wettest monsoon season was in 1984, with 4.16 inches.

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