Las Vegas: Videos show water gushing out of casino after two weeks of severe flooding
Rain damaged Planet Hollywood Casino, flooding the blackjack tables and causing major damage to the ceiling.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA:
The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory on Thursday evening, August 11, alerting citizens to the possibility of heavy rainfall, flooding and frequent lightning. Soon after, Twitter users began popping up on the site with images and videos of water gushing through casinos, flooding blackjack tables and other terrifying scenes taking place in downtown Nevada City.
According to the National Weather Service, Las Vegas received 0.58 inches of rain Thursday, bringing the season total for the city to 1.28 inches. What a storm, said the weather service. Exactly two weeks after Twitter users posted videos of another flood that did quite a bit of damage along Las Vegas Boulevard, news broke of a second flood.
Flooding occurred in Las Vegas Thursday night following the wettest monsoon season in a decade, helping to end chronic drought in the West but also causing significant damage.
Water can be seen pooling on the floor after breaking and going through a screen at Circa Resort and Casino in recently released videos. Other videos showing related events happening all around Nevada have surfaced. A second video shared on Twitter shows water pouring through the Caesars Palace security screen. The LINQ hotel parking lot was also damaged by water. Planet Hollywood Casino suffered flood damage after water entered through the ceiling.
After the storm passed, Las Vegas residents said they witnessed “curtains of rain” when they looked out their windows. Throughout the storm, there were reportedly continuous lightning strikes and the power was cut several times. According to Las Vegas resident Alexander Wolf, “electrical surges triggered fire alarms in many buildings, forcing firefighters to head into the storm to respond.”
On Thursday evening, a rare rainstorm slammed into downtown Las Vegas, one of the driest cities in the United States, prompting flash flood warnings.
Videos show water flooding some areas of Las Vegas and rushing into casinos.
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Tim Szymanski, the information officer for the Las Vegas Fire, told the Post that they have yet to receive any reports of water injuries. However, the flood appears to have caused significant property damage.
We have adequate drainage systems, but sometimes water just overwhelms them, according to Simon Jowitt, an economic geologist and professor at the University of Las Vegas, who spoke to The Post. Also, it could be risky for homeless people, who occasionally settle in drainage systems. “The second point is that we don’t often get rain, so it’s hard to assess whether the roofs and the like are genuinely waterproof,” he continued, “which is probably what happened. in the casinos tonight.”