2 dead after heavy rain floods Las Vegas streets during wettest monsoon season in a decade

By Rebekah Riess, CNN

Two people died after heavy rains poured over Las Vegas casinos and flooded the streets Thursday night in the wettest monsoon season in a decade, Clark County officials said.

Officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County Fire Department firefighters located and then abducted a man from a flood channel Thursday night. He was taken by ambulance to the University of Southern Nevada Medical Center where he later died, according to Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Billy Samuels.

Around 2 p.m. Friday, officials from the Clark County Department of Public Works used heavy equipment to remove excess debris from the flood channel while firefighters dug by hand through the piles and found a second victim. in the flood channel.

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

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

Heavy monsoon rains in recent weeks have reduced drought levels in the Southwest – as well as Intermountain West – to levels not seen for many months. Extreme droughts and extreme floods will become more frequent and intense as the planet heats up, scientists have warned.

In Nevada, the “exceptional drought” zone fell to 4% from nearly 30% the previous week – its lowest point in nearly two years, according to the report. Conditions worsened in California’s Central Valley but improved in the eastern deserts after noticeable rains caused flooding last week in Death Valley.

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

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CNN’s Jay Croft and Allison Chinchar contributed to this report.

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