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Las Vegas flood channel basins aim at preventing 100-year flood damage

Flood basin intake. South Point casino in background

Flood basin intake. South Point casino in background

Flood basin intakes from basin side

Flood basin intakes from basin side. Stratosphere way in background

When it rains in Las Vegas, it can easily flood, hence the city has an elaborate system of flood channels. Water empties into this large basin, located in a residential area near South Point casino, where excess water can be stored befor releasing it downstream. This basin is about half a mile long and a quarter mile wide. The Clark County Regional Flood Control District wants to eliminate the possibility of damage from a 100-year flood. So far, 90 detention basins have been built along with 581 miles of channels and underground storm drains.

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