Vegas Flood, August of 2013
Hello there. This is my first Blog post and I wanted to share this mini documentary of a desert flash flood in Las Vegas with you. I told Shelly that I was going to drive up the road and take a couple photos of the storm rolling in. Five hours later I made it back home after the waters subsided. The first photo was taken at 4:47 and the last one taken at 7:58. You can see how quickly things can change in the desert. This flood was slowly moving across the valley floor. You can imagine what it looked like in one of the high walled narrow canyons above.
In the photos to follow you can see the storm rolling in over the mountains...
across the city...
down the canyons...
and finally into the flat.
The stream starts small at the head. You can see the head water in the wash as it covers dry ground.
It picks up speed and finally covers the highway for about 4 hours.
The Clark County Fire Department was coming back from a rescue and got caught on the opposite side from headquarters. You could see the sign where they would have turned if the engine had gotten there about 10 minutes earlier. It was fun to watch them deal with the crowd. They handled it perfectly! While we were all waiting for the water to subside, I was forced to hunt for more photo opportunities. The evening did not disappoint. Here are a few that I thought were worth sharing.
We were all able to head home at about 9:00 after a backhoe cleared the boulders. We do not get to see this happen in Vegas very often so it was a kick. I hope you enjoyed the photos and the story. You can see all of the photos here if you care to take a look: http://bit.ly/1eOd3bn
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