Heavy rain causes temporary road closures at Lake Mead


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Heavy rain causes temporary road closures at Lake Mead

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Aug 4, 2014

Three roads are closed within Lake Mead National Recreation Area due to recent flash floods.

  • Kingman Wash Access Road, a dirt road in Arizona that leads to Lake Mead, is washed out. It was closed Monday morning.
  • Temple Bar Access Road, a main road in Arizona that leads to Temple Bar Marina on Lake Mead, is impassible. Flood water is flowing across the road through the Detrital Wash.
  • Nevada State Route 165, which leads to Nelson’s Landing and Placer Cove, has been closed at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area boundary due to flooding and road degradation.

According to the National Weather Service, .68 inches of rain was recorded overnight at the Lake Mead Visitor Center off of U.S. 93 in Boulder City, and more rain is expected Monday afternoon.

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Northshore Road and Lakeshore Road, the main roads in Nevada that travel around Lake Mead, are open, but do have some gravel and debris from flood waters. Cyclists should use caution when traveling on these roads. Vehicles should also maintain a greater distance to avoid debris that may fly up and cause rock chips.

Crews are working to restore access at all of the closed locations.

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Park visitors are advised to keep an eye on the weather. If a storm approaches while on land, never drive through flowing water and avoid washes and low-lying areas. If on the water, put on a life jacket, head toward shore and write down GPS coordinates in case a rescue is needed.