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Commissioners Consider Emergency Declaration

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(Las Vegas, KXNT)-Clark County Commissioners will be discussing whether or commissioner chair Steve Sisolak should sign an emergency declaration for parts of Mount Charleston.  The issue is scheduled for discussion on Wednesday morning.

The mountain has been battered  by rain in recent weeks, washing away roads and damaging several homes in the area.  It’s a continuous problem, worsened after last year’s Carpenter One Fire stripped the area of vegetation. The emergency declaration is a mandatory step the county would need to take in an effort to get any federal or state assistance for clean-up.

“This is a just- in- case step.  There’s a 6.8 million dollar threshold for a FEMA declaration.  We don’t know if we are going to get anywhere near that.  I don’t think we are near that right now, but we don’t know what rain could still be headed our way,” explained Sisolak.

Any money the emergency declaration could generate would go towards clean-up, including the many overtime hours workers are putting in to clear the roads.

This emergency declaration would not be associated with any prevention methods.

There are currently discussions to add a berm on the mountain that would have divert flood water.  However, nobody wants to assume liability for the project.  There is some disagreement among the state, federal government and county surrounding who would be liable.

“I’ve talked with the governor and it was a good conversation,” said Sisolak.  “I’m anticipating more talks about the issue in the near future.”

 

 

 

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