Las Vegas’ wettest monsoon season in ten years

The National Weather Service indicates that this is the wettest monsoon season in Vegas valley in ten years! Some areas saw downpours add half an inch of rain in ten minutes during Thursday slow overnight thunderstorm.

CBS News posted a video on Youtube of some travelers trying to cross moving water on the Las Vegas Strip Thursday night.

Planet Hollywood in fact, there was rain falling through their roof into the casino during Thursday storm too. Watch this video posted by CBS News in Los Angeles.

Thunderstorms are possible every day in the seven-day forecast as the monsoon season continues for another six weeks or so here in Southern Nevada. According, we had 1.28 inches of total precipitation in the valley this year. In 2012, we received 3.63 inches of total rainfall during the monsoon season. The wettest monsoon season on record occurred in 1984, totaling 4.16 inches of precipitation.

Driving or walking through standing or rushing water can be deadly. According to Clark County Regional Flood Control District, trying to walk or stand in six inches of moving water can cause you to lose your footing. If you try to drive through six inches of water, even if it’s still water, it can easily cause you to lose control of your vehicle. I didn’t realize it, but according to CCRFCD, “Almost half of flood deaths occur in cars, trucks and SUVs.” This fact will definitely make me think twice before walking through a large puddle after one of these severe thunderstorms. If you have children who like to play outdoors, make sure they know they should avoid playing in or near storm drains, canals, washouts, and retention ponds. By CCRFCD website, “water can flow through this network at any time,” even when it’s not raining.

“Turn around, don’t drown.” This is good advice at this time of year.

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larry martino is the longtime Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

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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