Las Vegas: Videos show water gushing through a casino after two weeks of severe flooding
The rain damaged Planet Hollywood Casino, flooding the blackjack tables and causing extensive damage to the ceiling.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA:
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning on Thursday evening, August 11, warning citizens of the possibility of significant rain, flooding and frequent lightning. Soon after, Twitter users appeared on the site with images and videos of water pouring into casinos, flooding blackjack tables, and other horrifying scenes unfolding in central Nevada City.
Las Vegas received 0.58 inches of rain on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, bringing the season total for the city to 1.28 inches. What a storm, the weather service announced. Exactly two weeks after Twitter users posted videos of another flood wreaking havoc on Las Vegas Boulevard, news of a second flood broke.
Flooding hit Las Vegas Thursday night as a result of the wettest monsoon season in a decade, helping to end the west’s chronic drought but also causing significant damage.
Water can be seen pooling on the floor after it shattered and poured through a screen at the Circa Resort and Casino in newly released videos. More videos showing related events across Nevada have surfaced. A second video shared on Twitter shows water pouring through Caesars Palace’s security screen. Water damage was also found in the parking garage of the LINQ Hotel. Planet Hollywood Casino was damaged by flooding after water leaked through the ceiling.
After the storm passed, people in Las Vegas reported seeing “rain curtains” when they peered out of their windows. Lightning was said to be constant throughout the storm, and power was cut off several times. According to Alexander Wolf, a Las Vegas resident, “electrical surges triggered fire alarms on many buildings, forcing firefighters to head into the storm to respond.”
On Thursday night, a rare rainstorm battered downtown Las Vegas, one of the driest cities in the United States, prompting flash flood warnings.
Videos show water flooding certain areas of Las Vegas and pouring into casinos.
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Tim Szymanski, the Las Vegas Fire Information Officer, told the Post that they have not yet received any reports of injuries caused by the water. However, the flooding appears to have caused significant property damage.
We have adequate drainage systems, but occasionally the 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 down in the drainage systems.” “The second point is that we don’t rain often, so it’s difficult to assess whether roofs and such are really waterproof,” he continued, ” what probably happened in the casinos tonight.”