Nevada flooding Tuesday led to some scary videos of people and their vehicles being swept off the interstate and into the ravine below. It is definitely going to be a busy week for rescue personnel combing through all of the traffic and rescuing what people they can from the carnage, as soon as the rain stops.
When hurricane-driven waters made their way across the West this past week, it was a surprise to everybody. The desert states usually don’t see a lot of water aside from the occasional violent monsoon storms. Arizona, primarily in the Phoenix area, was hit hard, with several town and cities including Tucson seeing the first serious flooding in decades, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
It appears Nevada was also part of the massive flooding problem, as Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Mesquite was hit with a torrent so strong it literally swept lighter traffic off the road and left several without vehicles.
Parts of Utah were also hit in the wave of destruction from Hurricane Norbert.
The Nevada flash flood was captured by several people via mobile devices, including a truck driver and another who tried to yell at the people in the flood-swept vehicles to get out. One man was seen attempting to reach a van and possibly rescue the people inside, and the force of the water ended up taking him with it.
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It is unknown how many vehicles were grabbed in the Nevada flooding 2014 waters, but watching them get taken downstream was a testament to how powerful the flood waters were.
Most of the vehicles taken were midsize cars, while larger vehicles like big rigs were left in place. Apparently the water wasn’t strong enough to take anything larger than a van, but footage may yet find itself released to the internet.
The hurricane-force winds and rain that swept the desert states was certainly unexpected, and cities like those aren’t normally prepared for water-based disasters.
Sadly, the Nevada flooding was only part of the destruction caused by Hurricane Norbert, and more rain is expected in the next week.
[image via Jesselyn Bickley / Desert Valley Times]