Officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Clark County Fire Department located and evacuated a man in a flood canal on Thursday evening. He was taken in an ambulance to the University of Southern Nevada Medical Center, where he later died, according to Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Billy Samuels.
At around 2 p.m. Friday, officials from the Clark County Public Works Department used heavy equipment to clear excess debris from the flood channel while firefighters dug through the piles by hand and found a second victim in the flood channel.
The man’s body was recovered from the rubble and taken to the Clark County coroner’s office, Samuels said.
The robust monsoon rains of the past few weeks have reduced drought in the Southwest – as well as the western Intermountain – to levels not seen in many months. Extreme droughts and extreme floods will become more frequent and intense as the planet warms, scientists warn.
In Nevada, the “exceptional drought” area fell to 4% from nearly 30% in the previous week — the lowest point in nearly two years, the report said. Conditions worsened in California’s Central Valley, but improved some in the eastern deserts after the remarkable rains brought flooding into Death Valley last week.
In Las Vegas, Thursday’s rainfall of 0.58 inches brought the total for this year’s monsoon season to 1.28 inches, the wettest since 2012, at 3.63 inches. The monsoon season runs from June 15 to September 30. The wettest monsoon season on record was in 1984, at 4.16 inches.