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August 27, 2014

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Storms dump rain overnight; flash flood warning issued

Updated Monday, July 7, 2014 | 2:25 p.m.

Rain storms, some of them heavy, swept through the Las Vegas area late Sunday and overnight, dumping up to 2 inches in the Spring Mountains and causing flooding of secondary roads in that area.

The strongest storms in the valley were reported in Henderson, where up to .31 inches of rain fell, said Todd Lericos, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas.

Trace amounts of rain were recorded at McCarran International Airport, which is the valley’s official monitoring station.

The heaviest rains in the area were reported along Red Rock Canyon Road in the area of Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, west of Las Vegas.

More rain — possibly up to an inch in areas — fell today on Mount Charleston, where a flash flood warning was in effect until 4:30 p.m. A total of .6 inches was recorded at Rainbow Canyon.

Water carrying debris was crossing Kyle Canyon Road near the fire station, and officials were checking whether the rain was washing out areas impacted by last year's wildfire, Lericos said.

An upper-level disturbance, which has been enhancing thunderstorm activity, has been sitting over Las Vegas for the last couple of days, Lericos said.

More showers and storms are possible in the valley today, and some of them could be heavy, he said.

“It’s just hit or miss,” Lericos said.

There have been no reports of damage, he said.

The extended forecast calls for a slight chance of thunderstorms for the next several days before the skies clear on Friday.

Officials said a vehicle was buried in mud over the weekend after its driver tried to cruise through a Las Vegas-area retention basin as it filled with runoff.

Spokeswoman Erin Neff of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District said the male driver was helped out by a friend and was not hurt in the Sunday evening incident. But Neff said another vehicle that tried to winch out the first one also got stuck.

Neff said the man was driving through the Kyle Canyon Detention Basin after an afternoon rainstorm when waters from the nearby Spring Mountains started rushing into it.

The water rose to about eight feet.

Neff said people needed to stay out of the basin and should be careful about potentially deadly flash floods after desert rainstorms.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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