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You can Always Expect Flooding after a Drought: True or False?

JMCC 2012/09/12 19:55:38
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Residents in four Southwest states were drying out Wednesday after thunderstorms flooded Las Vegas streets, stranded Navajo families in northern Arizona, left two mobile home communities in Southern California deep in water and caused a dike to fail in a Utah town.

In the Las Vegas area, the Tuesday storms delayed flights, snarled traffic and prompted helicopter rescues of stranded motorists. A golf course worker was reported missing and a search for the man resumed Wednesday, NBC affiliate KSNV-TV reported.

Television news video showed school buses inching along roads after school east of downtown Las Vegas, and muddy water up to the lower sills of windows of stucco homes in other neighborhoods.

In southeast Las Vegas, authorities urged the residents of about 45 homes damaged by flooding to leave in case electrical fires are sparked.

Dozens of cars were swamped by water up to their headlights in a parking lot outside the Thomas & Mack sports arena at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Firefighters responded to more than 20 calls about people in stalled cars .

University of Nevada students Ryan Klorman, left, and Markus Adams relax on inflatable pool toys in floodwater in a parking lot at UNLV in Las Vegas on Tuesday

A Las Vegas police helicopter was dispatched during the height of the storm to pluck several people from swamped vehicles on roadways.

More than 1.75 inches of rain were reported in downtown Las Vegas. The rainfall amounts put the region on pace to exceed the 4.5 inches of rain it normally gets in a year.

Tuesday was also the wettest September day on record in Las Vegas, weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen reported.

In California's Coachella Valley, a thunderstorm on Tuesday dropped more than the average annual rainfall there in one night alone, settling for six to eight hours over Mecca and Thermal, desert towns 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

In Thermal, the downpour flooded the Desert Mobile Home Park better known as Duroville, a community of mostly migrant workers with about 1,500 people, including 900 children, that has long been the subject of legal fights as Riverside County officials attempt to relocate residents.

More than a foot of water stood in the southern end of the park, knocking out power to about 800 people for much of the day.

"None of us had ever been through anything like this," said Tom Flynn, the court-appointed receiver for Duroville. "That much water in a dilapidated mobile home park was something to see."

The lack of power knocked out electric motors on both of the park's wells, leaving no fresh water until one was revived and county workers brought several tons of bottled water.

The park has no paved streets or drainage, and health officials were concerned about overflow from two ponds that serve as the community's sewers.

Between 60 and 80 people had evacuated from the park and were spending the night at a high school. "The poorest of the poor were hit the hardest," Flynn said.

St. Anthony's Mobile Home Park in Mecca also was affected, but fared better than Duroville. Video clips showed residents wading through knee-high water and cars creeping through flooded residential streets.

The storm dropped 5.51 inches of rain near Mecca and 3.23 inches of rain near Thermal, meteorologist Mark Moede said. The average annual rainfall in arid Thermal is just shy of 3 inches, he said.

"That's an amazing amount of rain," Moede said. "It's unusual anywhere to get a storm that sits stationary for five to eight hours."

On the Navajo Nation reservation in northeastern Arizona, many of Tuba City's roads were underwater and residents stuck in their homes. State Route 264, one of two main arteries in and out of town, was closed after a bridge washed out about a mile outside of the community, Tuba City Chapter Manager Benjamin Davis said.

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  • Azazyel's Dragon 2012/09/28 22:25:29
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    God, yes! We're going through it right now in West Texas. Help!!!!
  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/09/14 00:28:19
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    In Florida we have a wet season,(hurricane) which is also Summer and a dry season, Nov.- Apr. Although it rains every month most of the rain comes in the warm months. We are classified as a sub tropical eco-system < 60 inches of rain per year on average.Some years we exceed 60 inches, some years we fall way short. We have been in a drought for almost 20 years now as the aquifer has not replenished it self to the 1990 standards.
  • stevmackey 2012/09/13 10:31:27
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    When the earth is parched it take a longer time for the rain to soak the dust. That can lead to a flood.
  • Kat ♪ ~BTO-t-BCRA-F~ ♪ 2012/09/12 21:37:48
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    Most of the time, if it starts out with a really hard rain it takes a while to start soaking in after it's been very dry.
  • Transquesta 2012/09/12 20:16:15
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    The soils of western states don't hold a lot of water. What barely wets the ground in the east will flood the streets in the west. Drought/'flood' cycles are irrelevant.
  • Juan O'Mara 2012/09/12 20:08:12
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    now lets get them all FEMA trailers and hopefully some of the ungratefuls in the bunch will blame the president ofr not sending aid in time even though they were shooting their guns in the air at helicopter flying over.
  • JMCC Juan O'... 2012/09/12 20:28:05
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    ROTFLAMO

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