Monsoonal rains flood streets and casinos in Las Vegas

Monsoonal rains flood streets and casinos in Las Vegas

Published July 30, 2022
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Videos posted online showed water pouring from ceilings at Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood resorts on the Las Vegas Strip two days ago. Water also swamped the carpet at the Circa Resort & Casino after rain started sipping in through their sportsbook video wall.

Scattered power outages were also reported in places including the downtown Fremont Street Experience casino pedestrian mall. At least 16,000 people suffered power outages in the Las Vegas area Friday night, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

While only 0.3 inches of rain was registered at the Las Vegas airport late Thursday, more than 1 inch fell just 1 mile away at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, according to a local National Weather Service official. Little precipitation easily creates flooding in Las Vegas since the water doesn’t seep into the desert terrain.

Nearby wind gusts peaked at 71 mph and toppled trees. One of those trees fell on an apartment complex in Las Vegas, displacing more than 30 people who live there. Staff and volunteers from the American Red Cross in Nevada opened up a temporary shelter for displaced residents Friday night.