Floods sweep the Las Vegas Strip and casinos for the second time in weeks
Flash flooding swept across the iconic Las Vegas Strip for the second time in weeks early Friday, causing water to seep into casinos and flood parking lots.
The The National Weather Service in Las Vegas issued a flash flood warning early Friday just after midnight warning of heavy rain, lightning and gusty winds. Videos on social media captured a bus wading through an intersection that floodwaters had turned into a lagoon and a car battling strong downhill flood currents.
Another video showed water pouring from the roof of what appeared to be the Planet Hollywood casino. Images posted to Twitter showed water soaking several card tables with cards and chips floating around.
Gambling City is experiencing its most intense monsoon season in a decade. It saw 1.28 inches of precipitation in 2022, according to the National Weather Service. The region had not received more than an inch of precipitation since 2014according to the National Weather Service.
A severe thunderstorm first disrupted life on the Strip two weeks ago, causing water damage to several casinos. A jarring video showed water bursting through a sports betting screen inside the Circa hotel.
City of Las Vegas officials advised residents not to drive through flooded areas, find an alternate route or wait for the waters to subside. The Las Vegas Valley’s last major monsoon season, which recorded over 3 inches of rain in 2012, claimed the lives of two people, according to the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.
Authorities responded three times to vehicles stuck in floodwaters. All occupants were evacuated without injury, officials told USA TODAY.
The National Weather Service warned of more heavy showers and flash flooding until Friday midnight.