Since 1960, Las Vegas has had 21 Flash Floods causing $11 million in damages. In 1985, voters approved the formation of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District. The District implemented a 50 year plan costing $2.2 billion to protect the basin from flooding. The Master Plan is 75% complete ($1.7 billion) The plan did not account for events such as significant changes in the weather changes, otherwise known as climate change. As a result, The Master Plan continues with 3 more projects for 2018 costing another $10.5 million and another 28 detention basins to be built.
Perhaps Las Vegas should now be known as “Basin City”.
Joy and Richard Lightowler are a photography/model team living and loving in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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