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Widespread flash floods hit Las Vegas Valley, Nevada

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Severe thunderstorms produced heavy rain over portions of the Las Vegas Valley on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, causing widespread flash floods.

There are reports of as much as 60 cm (2 feet) of water in the Elk Ridge and cars were not able to enter or exit that neighborhood, KRON4 reports. NDOT closed a portion of U.S. 95 from Kyle Canyon Road to Skye Canyon Parkway due to flooding and debris on the highway.

Willow Beach recorded 119.8 mm (4.72 inches) of rain within 24 hours on July 25, Colorado City 76.9 mm (3.03 inches), Kingman 44.9 mm (1.77 inches), and Las Vegas 40.8 mm (1.61 inches).

With 29.4 °C (85 °F), Las Vegas set a new daily low maximum for July 25. The previous record was 30.5 °C (87 °F) set in 1954.

The monsoonal flash flood threat remains in the Desert Southwest and Southern Rockies today, NWS warns.

July and August are considered the "monsoon" season in Las Vegas. Because the region gets very little rainfall, just a small amount of rain tends to bring up the oil on the streets, which makes driving treacherous. A bit more and you get flash floods.

Featured image: Flash floods in Las Vegas on July 25, 2017. Credit: Lexi Berriman (via Instagram)

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