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Daring drivers who need floodwater rescue can expect bills

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) - If the Las Vegas area is hit with another downpour and sudden flooding, it's likely roads and intersections will be closed.

This year in Nevada, there is a new law aimed at people who ignore closures and drive into trouble.

"Even with the emergency vehicles across the road, or cones, or us standing in the rain telling people not to go down that street, people drive around us anyway telling us we can't stop them and then we end up having to rescue that person," says Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.

Now if someone drives past a closure and needs help, they'll likely end up paying for the cost of the help they need.

"Those are the people that we would bill, and it's not a fine," Szymanski said. "It's a bill for services for what we had to do to get that person out of the floodwater."

People who believe they have been billed unfairly would be able to dispute the charge in court.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 9 p.m. in southern Nevada.

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