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Sloan Flood Channel neighbors fear more than West Nile Virus

Sloan Flood Channel neighbors fear more than West Nile Virus

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Oct 2, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) --  Fears across the Valley about mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus are especially intense for people who live near a waste water treatment plant in North Las Vegas.

It's a story viewers asked Action News to investigate, and one we've been following closely now for about eighteen months.

Sloan Flood Channel neighbors have been bugged by bugs ever since North Las Vegas defied Clark County and started flushing treated waste water into the channel.

But now, residents have a new concern. They blame a landscaper's death on the combination of a massive monsoon storm and water that flowed out of North Las Vegas' waste water treatment plant, and filled the channel.

One neighbor, who only wants to be identified as "Geno," wants Governor Brian Sandoval to get involved and get the plant shut down. He asks, "Could that man's life have been saved? If that 25 million gallons of water didn't go down that channel?"

Action News was at a meeting Tuesday night when North Las Vegas water and utility board members listened, as they have for many months, to complaints from Clark County residents caught in the middle of a legal battle. They also saw evidence of despair, including bug bites covering body parts, despite clothing designed to protect, and pictures of bug-covered homes taken Monday night.

However, board members had to keep quiet about ongoing talks that could keep North Las Vegas and Clark County from going to court. North Las Vegas attorney Jeff Barr said, "I'm optimistic that we'll get a settlement. But every settlement is tenuous until the ink is dry."

That didn't sit well with fed up Sloan neighbors.

"Geno" told the board, "We can't talk about it? It's in litigation? It's gone too far. It's affecting too many people."

A court date to settle the issue of whether North Las Vegas can use Clark County's flood channel was delayed from September to the first week in January.


Rikki Cheese

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.