Visitors driving to and from Grand Canyon National Park and Las Vegas, NV should be aware of heavy rains in the area. A flash flood warning remains in effect until this evening for areas west and northwest of Grand Canyon National Park. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicates a band of moderate to heavy rain redeveloping southwest of Las Vegas, NV. This band of heavy rain will continue to move to the northeast and will impact Boulder Beach, Willow Beach and Callville campgrounds at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Hoover Dam.
Visitors driving to and from Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon National Park and river runners leaving the river at Pearce Ferry should call 511 for current road conditions.
Other locations impacted include Cal Nev Ari, Cottonwood Cove, Searchlight, Chloride, Dolan Springs, Meadview, Grand Canyon Ranch and Grand Canyon Skywalk.
Interstate highways should be safe for travel. However, excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of secondary and rural dirt roads. To avoid hydroplaning, be especially careful and slow down when water has ponded on the roadway.
“In desert terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to travel through areas where water of unknown depth crosses the road. Find alternate routes,” warns the National Weather Service.
Yesterday flooding destroyed four homes along the Beaver Dam Wash in Littlefield, AZ. Littlefield is on the route from Las Vegas to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The area was evacuated last night and more flooding is expected tonight.
Although the wash has gone down a few feet, the National Weather Service forecast is 100 percent chance of rain for the area over Wednesday and into Thursday morning.
“We have reports that some people haven’t evacuated,” Mohave County Emergency Management Coordinator Byron Steward said. “We cannot force them to leave, but it certainly is in their best interest.”
“Right now, it is not as bad as it was yesterday,” Development Services Director Nick Hont said. “But, heavy rain is forecast. We are staying with the Stage 3 designation and we will reassess the situation later this afternoon.”
Highway 91 at milepost 10 continues to be closed due to flooding.
“Damage estimates right now are 10 homes in the Beaver Dam Resort have been damaged with at least four homes destroyed,” Hont said. “We have reports that we may lose three or more of those damaged homes in that development.
Chairman of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Buster Johnson signed a Declaration of Emergency for the county Tuesday morning.
Between 12:30 and 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, all residents were notified. Initially, according to Hont, only about 10 percent evacuated. As the situation worsened, many more residents have evacuated.
The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter at 11:30 p.m. Monday at the Virgin Valley High School, 820 Valley View Drive, Mesquite, Nev.
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