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Kyle Canyon residents clean up debris

By Bryan Callahan. CREATED Sep 2, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Just hours after being evacuated from their homes because of a flash flood that trapped two women and a baby in their car and washed away area roads, residents and road crews went to work clearing the debris.

"We've seen much heavier rains for longer periods of time and we never had an issue," Rainbow subdivision resident Duffy Grismanauskas said of the storm that damaged his home.

"Safety is the primary concern right now.  We had multiple propane tanks float away, actually leaking propane so we doing a constant check of that," NDF Mount Charleston Fire Protection District Chief Jorge Gonzalez said.

In addition to the propane tanks, the water and debris washed away large sections of the road and surrounding dirt, destroyed small buildings and washed other items down the hill.

"It just came down here with a vengeance, slapped my truck down the hill," Grismanauskas said.

Residents on the upper part of Rainbow Canyon say all of this debris came down in one large wave and they are afraid the debris left up here may do the same in future storms.

"What we are doing is again setting up our own ravine, so to speak, so the water has a place to go, because there is no question that it is going to do it again," Grismanauskas said.

Even as they continue working to clear the debris from Sunday’s storm, crews are keeping any eye on the sky above.

"All the damage that is already on the ground, it could actually make it worse if we have any water coming down," Chief Gonzalez said.

Public works crews spent all day working to clear the main road into the Rainbow subdivision, but say it will likely be several weeks if not longer before they can make permanent repairs.

Bryan Callahan

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Bryan Callahan joined the Action News team as a general assignment reporter in August of 2013.