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Updated: 1/25/2013 12:01 pm
LAS VEGAS -- Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani and Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin will host a Town Hall/Open House meeting to discuss proposed flood-control improvements to the Las Vegas Wash and Desert Rose Golf Course.

The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at John Mendoza Elementary School, 2000 S. Sloan Lane, near East Charleston and Nellis boulevards. Staff from the County, City, Regional Flood Control District and the design consultant working on improvement to the wash and golf course will be present to provide information to the public, answer questions and get feedback from area residents and golf course users.

“We want to encourage as many residents as possible to attend this meeting, especially if you live near the Desert Rose Golf Course and use the golf course,” said Giunchigliani, whose commission District E includes Desert Rose. “Significant improvements are in the works for the Las Vegas Wash and the Desert Rose Golf Course, and we want to make sure that design changes incorporate the community’s vision for the golf course, which is a popular neighborhood amenity in the area."

Several neighborhoods near Desert Rose Golf Course and the Las Vegas Wash have been identified as at risk for flooding. Funding for a $35 million flood control project was approved this summer to improve the Las Vegas Wash from the Sloan Channel to Cedar Avenue.

The design phase of the project has begun, and construction is scheduled to start in the spring of 2014 and take about five years to complete. The project will expand the capacity and efficiency of flood control infrastructure in the area on approximately 2.5 miles of the Las Vegas Wash, of which about 1.5 miles runs through the Desert Rose Golf Course. The golf course will be changed to accommodate the improvements. Golfers are encouraged to share their concerns at the meeting.

Coffin, whose Ward 3 residents also live in the area of the proposed project, added, “This is an important project that will positively impact residents and I encourage all to attend to learn more.”

Recent flooding that occurred in the area is a reminder that residents living near washes are encouraged to have flood insurance even if their property is not located in a flood zone. Flood zone boundaries are determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the local communities.

To find out if your home is located in a flood zone, call the Regional Flood Control District at (702) 685-0000 or visit its website at www.regionalflood.org. Flood insurance policies are available to all homeowners with backing from the National Flood Insurance Program.

-- From news release

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