Success after the storm: Northwest Valley neighborhood avoids flooding for the first time
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
While the Las Vegas valley was pounded by monsoon thunderstorms Monday night, one neighborhood notorious for floods was celebrating staying dry.
Their success is at the heart of the valley's investment in flood control.
An area in the far northwest on Brent Lane near Durango was once ground zero for flooding but is now suddenly dry.
Darrell Silvis has lived in the neighborhood for 18 years.
On Wednesday, he was outside enjoying a moment playing in his front yard with his puppy.
“We probably had only 4 or 5 inches of water at the height of the storm,” said Darrell Silvis.
Home video from Silvis shows rushing water in front of his home after a monsoon storm just a year ago.
Now, just a memory of what did happen in front of Silvis's home before a flood control project was put in.
“We never know if it is going to be completely flooded out or if we are going to be able to get up and down our street,” he explained. “We'll sometimes have one to two feet of water flowing down the street."
Since the mid-1980’s, the Regional Flood Control District has been building projects to reduce flooding in our neighborhoods.
Right now, 19 projects are underway.
The goal is to help people avoid dangerous situations.
The agency’s new public service announcements warn the public about the dangers of flooding.
Erin Neff is the Public Information Director for the Flood Control District.
“This is not a joke,” said Erin Neff. “Water always wins,” she continued. “We have seen water rise a foot a minute. If you have lost control, you cannot steer your car. If that water starts rising, you start sinking and it is very dangerous."
It is a real-life danger Silvis hopes his neighborhood can finally leave in the past.
“I would hope so. I think so, you know?” said Silvis. “I think they have done a great job channeling the water where it is supposed to go, rather than down the middle of the street."