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Heavy rain results in flooding, above average crashes and high-water rescues around the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada

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Heavy rain hit Nevada on February 14, 2019, resulting in widespread flooding across the Las Vegas Valley and above average freeway crashes.

Weather station at McCarran International Airport, official climate site for Las Vegas, registered 28.1 mm (1.11 inches) of rainfall in 24 hours of February 14, breaking the previous daily record of 18.7 mm (0.74 inches). This is the 20th highest 24-hour rainfall total for the city.

Clark County Fire Department responded to 4 swift water rescues throughout the day. 

Four homeless men were rescued under the Carey Avenue Bridge in North Las Vegas around 09:20 PST.

Two other rescues were handled around 08:17 and 09:00 PST at S. Jones Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue and near E. Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane, respectively.

The fourth rescue took place in the Durango Flood Channel around 08:40 PST:

The Nevada Highway Patrol said their troopers handled 24 property damage crashes before 11:30 local time, along with 8 injury crashes and one hit-and-run collision, KTNV reports. This number was as high as 97 total freeway crashes by 17:00 LT – well above average.

Featured image: High water rescue in the Durango Flood Channel on February 14, 2019. Credit: Clark County Nevada

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