Man swept into wash during Friday flooding was 37-year-old Las Vegas resident

Rain obscures part of the Las Vegas skyline abut 1:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, as viewed from Black Mountain. (KSNV)


The victim has been identified as 37-year-old Las Vegas resident Michael Hames. His death was ruled a drowning by the Clark County coroner. He fell into the Flamingo Wash behind Siegel Suites and was recovered Saturday near Sahara Avenue and Lamb Boulevard.

Seven other people were rescued from washes during flooding on Friday.


The Clark County Coroner's Office has confirmed that the body of the person swept away in a wash during Friday's flooding has been recovered.

The coroner's office was not able to confirm any other details of the recovery, but according to the Clark County Fire Department, the recovery was made near Sahara Avenue and Lamb Boulevard.

The coroner will release the identity and cause of death of the victim, pending next-of-kin notification.


Clark County Fire Department firefighters were waiting for water to drop before resuming a search for a man reported missing along Boulder Highway during Friday's flooding.

"The water was actually higher at 11 last night," CCFD Assistant Chief Larry Haydu told News 3 on Saturday morning, "The battalion there is monitoring the situation."

Officials said seven people had to be rescued in two washes.

Jeff Buchanan, Clark County Fire Department deputy chief, said six people were rescued from a wash behind the LINQ casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.


The Clark County Fire Department has been unable to recover the body of a victim lost during the flooding near Boulder Highway.

The incident took place at 1:54 p.m. At least one person was assisted from the flood channel, however, one other could not be reached. High, fast running waters are prohibiting a recovery operation.

Crews are continuing to monitor the water and will affect the recovery as soon as possible.

Original Story

Floodwater shut down State Route 160Pahrump Highway in both directions between Tecopa Springs Highway and the City of Pahrump, Friday afternoon.

Sky-3 was overhead at 5:15 p.m. as the road reopened one lane each direction.

In Lovell Canyon, and in Mount Charleston, a day of moderate rain caused flooding in what was previously a dry wash.

“Normally where it is a dry wash, about 100 feet wide,” says Ray Johnson, with the US Forest Service.“It flooded, and with a tremendous volume of water. I could hear boulders being washed down the road,” Johnson continued.

The area is remote. There are no homes, and there was no threat to people.

“It had been raining up on Mt. Charleston a lot the morning,” he says, in describing the storm that brought a day of moderate rainfall.

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