Saturday, January 23, 2010

Flood follow-up

As forecasted by the National Weather Service, Las Vegas got bombed by rain this week – but as far as I know, no one in the tunnels was killed or seriously hurt. However, a lot of people lost their camps (beds, blankets, clothing, toiletries, photos of loved ones, etc.). They’ve been calling and texting me and Rich of HELP of Southern Nevada for assistance. Last I heard, HELP had placed two people in housing and was in process of assisting others.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Jan. 22 coverage of the flooding included some info about the outreach and the people living in the underground channels:

http://www.lvrj.com/news/las-vegas-valley-gets-record-rainfall-82352547.html

Friday, January 15, 2010

A hard rain’s a-gonna fall

Just got this National Weather Service statement, which I’ve edited, from the Clark County Regional Flood Control District:

“Several storm systems will affect the area next week. While the exact timing of these systems is still uncertain, it appears that at least four and possibly as many as five different systems will cross the area next week. The first system will affect the area as early as Sunday night and continue into Monday, before exiting on Tuesday morning.

“Although exact amounts from each system are uncertain at this time, rainfall totals in the Mojave Desert valleys are expected to be at least 1 to 2 inches, with some areas seeing at least 3 inches. It would not be out of the question for many areas to see a significant portion of their normal yearly rainfall within next week.

“The potentially high totals of precipitation could result in flooding, especially if too much rain falls too quickly. At this time, it is way too early to specify what areas could see flooding. However, the potential for flooding or other hydrological impacts will increase as the week progresses, once precipitation starts to fall and totals increase.”

So, if you live in the tunnels or washes, be prepared. Also, if you know someone who lives in the tunnels or washes, give them a heads-up.

These storms sound scary!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Associated Press piece

The Associated Press produced a story, slideshow and video essay about the tunnels, which have been picked up by a lot of media outlets across the world. Here the Yahoo! News version (including the story, slideshow and essay):

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100104/ap_on_re_us/us_tunnel_living_vegas