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UPDATE: Flash flood warning issued for south central Clark County

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a flash flood warning for south central Clark County until 6:00 p.m. Weather

service Doppler radar indicated flash flooding from a series of thunderstorms along highway 164. The storms are moving north at 10 mph. The locations impacted include Cottonwood Cove Marina, Searchlight and Highway 164.

Flash flooding is expected in washes, low-water crossings and on roads.

Thunderstorm causes scary moments on Lake Mead

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- When the monsoonal storms pounded southern Nevada Tuesday afternoon, one of the worst places to be was on Lake Mead.

Park rangers were flooded with calls and 11 rescues had to take place on the water. One woman was stranded for more than three-and-a-half hours, in open water without a life jacket.

Park rangers and game wardens had only half an hour to get the word out that a severe storm was on its way. They sent emergency messages on marine band radio every five minutes that a monsoon was coming down hard with a powerful punch.

As a game warden, Adam Bonaparte spends a lot of his days on Lake Mead. It can be hot and humid like it was Wednesday, but Tuesday was a day he won't soon forget.

The storm was severe.

"It kind of came out of nowhere. We didn't expect it to hit as hard as it did," Bonaparte said.

Water levels at Lake Mead drop to new low

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.

The projected lake level of about 1,080 feet above sea level will be below the level of about 1,082 feet recorded in November 2010 and the 1,083-foot mark measured in April 1956 during another sustained drought.

But U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regional chief Terry Fulp said water obligations will be met at least through next year without a key shortage declaration. The result will be full deliveries to cities, states, farms and Indian tribes in an area that's home to some 40 million people and the cities of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Afternoon thunderstorms cause minor street flooding

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service in Las Vegas canceled the flood advisory for Clark County at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Strong thunderstorms dropped heavy rainfall across the southern and southeastern Las Vegas valley, forcing the weather service to issue a flood advisory for urban areas. However, the storm moved out of the area by 6:30 p.m.

Locations that were originally impacted included Henderson, Lake Las Vegas, Las Vegas Bay, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas Bay campground, East Las Vegas and Green Valley.

The severe thunderstorm warning for extreme west central Mohave County, Arizona and central Clark County expired at 4:15 p.m.

The severe thunderstorm warning for Sloan and the far southwestern part of the Clark County expired at 3:30 p.m.

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Coroner ID's man who fell off boat at Lake Mead

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man whose body was found in Lake Mead as Shayne Robert Baker, 36, of Las Vegas.

Baker's body was July 3, one day after he fell off a boat and disappeared underway. His body was was found in 15 feet of water by Metro Police divers.

A National Park Service official says the Las Vegas man fell from a 17-foot boat shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses say the man was drinking and not wearing a life jacket prior to his disappearance. 

Search crews tried looking for the man Wednesday night, but were unsuccessful.

Low water levels change launch ramps at Lake Mead

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- The National Park Service is expecting 100,000 visitors to Lake Mead over the Fourth of July weekend, which is why it released new ramp conditions for the lake.

Due to low-lake levels, all launch ramps, except for Boulder Harbor, are launching on pipe mat or concrete planks. Here are specific instructions for each launch area:

  • Hemenway Harbor: 2 lanes, launching on pipe mat.
  • Boulder Harbor: 6 lanes, good launching on concrete ramp. Wakeless zone until exit of harbor.
  • Callville Bay: 4 lanes (2 on pipe mat, 2 on concrete planks). Parking is now available at the main ramp.
  • Echo Bay: 4 lanes, launching on concrete planks.
  • Temple Bar: 2 lanes, launching on pipe mat.
  • South Cove, 1 lane launching on pipe mat.



Boulder City Hospital moving to electronic health records system

The Boulder City Hospital will not only be upgrading and expanding many of its services; it will also be upgrading its records system.

The hospital announced it received a $1.72 million grant from the Department of Agriculture to move to an electronic health records system. The move is in addition to the hospital’s $16.2 million expansion and renovation.

Hospital officials say the new technology will allow them to better streamline patient care.

The USDA grant is part of its rural development efforts. The expanded hospital has a new 10-bed inpatient geriatric behavioral medicine center and a 10-bed acute rehabilitation program.

A second phase of the construction which will expand emergency room services, long-term care, physical therapy, the lobby and patient registration is scheduled to be finished in September.