Las Vegas monsoon season causes casino flooding and two deaths

It’s not a secret Vegas has a monsoon season. Every year between mid-June or early July and mid-September, the inhabitants know how to be wary of heavy rains. Flash floods are common and occasional minor damage to homes. But this monsoon season has been crazy compared to years past. In fact, the National Weather Service calls it the wettest monsoon season in a decade. In a tweet on August 12, the NWS stated, “With 0.58 inches added to yesterday’s tally, the monsoon season in #Vegas has delivered 1.28″ of precipitation so far! This makes it the wettest monsoon in ten years! And we still have a month and a half to add to our total!

So what does an aggressive monsoon season mean for a city that isn’t exactly built for heavy rain? There have been several reports of flood damage to schools, homes and casinos this season. More recently, the Planet Hollywood hotel and casino on The band suffered major water damage. If you haven’t seen the video posted by BNC News last weekend you should. Looks like a waterfall has been installed in the middle of the casino floor. You can watch the video here.

But this year’s monsoon season brought more than just a makeshift tourist attraction at a strip casino. More serious consequences have been reported. The famous underground tunnels in Vegas are prone to dangerous flooding without warning. And so far, two bodies have been found in or near these tunnels. After heavy rain on Thursday, the Vegas public works crews and firefighters clearing flood debris from a tunnel discovered the body of a man near Las Vegas Boulevard. Fox5Vegas reported that the man was already dead when he was found in the pile of debris. And another person was rescued from the floods but later died in hospital.

Local officials are urging Las Vegas residents and tourists to exercise caution for the remainder of the monsoon season, which is expected to last about another month.

–Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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25 states with the most historic sites at risk of flooding

Due to the deterioration and fragility of historic buildings, as well as the long-term degradation of the natural environment around these structures, historic sites are often at serious risk of flooding. Stacker identified nationally significant historic buildings across the United States located in census tracts with very or relatively high flood risk, using data from FEMA’s National Risk Index and the Registry. National Historic Places. The National Park Service defines six criteria for what makes a historic building listed on the Register of National Significance, a less stringent designation than being considered a National Historic Landmark. FEMA calculated the flood risk for each census tract by combining geospatial and historical flood event data from the National Flood Insurance Program and NOAA. For each state, a maximum of three historic sites are listed in order of flood risk, although many states on this list have more sites at risk in total. Colorado, Connecticut, and Idaho did not have nationally significant sites on the register located in high-risk flood regions; as such, they are absent from this list.

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