Storm leaves behind massive flooding in Pahrump

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Storm leaves behind massive flooding in Pahrump

By Denise Wong. CREATED Jul 29, 2013

Pahrump, NV (KTNV) -- There is a lot to clean up in Pahrump, one day after Sunday's storm tore through and dumped a lot of rain onto the roadways. 

"I've been here for ten years and this is the worst storm I've ever seen," said Scott Lewis, fire chief of the Pahrump Fire Department. He said the fire department got slammed with phone calls for help on Sunday and through the overnight hours.  

23 drivers needed help from emergency crews after their vehicles got stuck in the water. 
"There were numerous 'rivers' going down most of the road surfaces throughout the valley including the state highway, local roads, county roads," said Chief Lewis. "It was quite significant."
He said Monday was going to be a big cleanup day. NDOT crews are working on the highway, trying to remove some of the boulders that got washed onto Highway 160.  

Nye County work crews are cleaning up some of the other streets that got flooded and are now muddy.  There are still a handful of roads that are still so flooded, they're still closed.  At Huckleberry and Red Rock, drivers trying to get through on Red Rock had to turn around. There was a huge puddle that looked several feet deep.  
"Wow, I didn't know it got flooded on this end," said Ronald Smith, who drove through the area and past the "road closed" sign that was posted. 
"I have seen it get pretty bad over the last 20 years, but this is about as bad as it's ever gotten," said Sylvia Collier, who was checking out the roads. 
Town officials said they expect cleanup to last at least another day. Crews are also examining the roads for any erosion under the surface of the roads.