Emergency Declared for Vegas-Area Mountain Hamlet

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County officials have declared a state of emergency more than a week after homes in a Las Vegas-area mountain hamlet were damaged by mud and debris washed by heavy rains down wildfire-scarred hillsides.

County commissioners approved the declaration Wednesday in hopes of obtaining state and Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to cover cleanup costs for the piney Rainbow subdivision on Mount Charleston.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the declaration still needs state approval.

Ten homes, several roads and a water pipe were damaged after a July 28 storm dumped almost 2½ inches of rain in two hours on the mountain about 30 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas.

Officials say the county has spent more than $300,000 repairing roads and drainage following the Carpenter 1 wildfire last year.

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