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(Las Vegas, NV) — Intense thunderstorms in the Las Vegas area flooded washes, delayed air flights, created traffic snarls and led to several helicopter rescues of people stranded in vehicles in water-filled intersections.

But despite numerous 911 calls, officials said Tuesday there were no confirmed reports of injuries or serious property damage.

Firefighters responded to more than 20 calls about people in stalled cars, and Officer Bill Cassell says a Las Vegas police helicopter plucked several people from swamped vehicles on area roadways.

Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin says rescuers called to a wash northeast of Maryland Parkway and Flamingo Road didn’t find anyone in the water.

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