Torrential rains cause over $1 million
worth of damage in Nevada county
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[September 12, 2014]
(Reuters) - Torrential rains that
drenched much of the U.S. Southwest and killed two women earlier this
week caused more than $1 million worth of damage to roadways in a Nevada
county, officials said on Thursday.
Nearly 140 homes in Clark County suffered damage following
Monday's rains, and preliminary estimates from the county's public
works department put the cost of cleaning and repairing area
roadways at around $1.1 million, county spokeswoman Stacey Welling
said in a statement.
Over half of the dirt roads in Sandy Valley, some 50 miles (80.5
kilometers) southwest of Las Vegas, were hard hit and would require
$427,000 worth of service alone, Welling said.
The state's Division of Emergency Services is still working to
provide a complete tally of the storm's damage.
The rains were the worst on record in the cities of Phoenix and
Tuscon in Arizona where two women were killed on Monday, authorities
said. They also prompted flash-flood warnings for areas of Arizona,
California, Nevada and Utah.
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Trooper Chelsea Webster of the Nevada Highway Patrol said emergency
workers plucked at least 15 stranded motorists from their cars and
police responded to nearly 70 accidents in the Las Vegas area
following the storm.
The Clark County Department of Public Works expects recovery efforts
to take 30 days to complete, Welling said.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Susan
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