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Army Corps begins preliminary work on Mt. Charleston berm, diversion channel

In a picture taken around 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at Rainbow Canyon. The road is washed out. It's looking towards Kyle Canyon Rd from Rainbow.  (Michael Smith)
In a picture taken around 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at Rainbow Canyon. The road is washed out. It's looking towards Kyle Canyon Rd from Rainbow. (Michael Smith)
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Updated: 8/30 11:26 am
MT. CHARLESTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a team in place surveying the area for construction of a temporary berm and diversion channel structure along the Rainbow subdivision.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said earlier this week that the state would take legal responsibility for the 1,700 foot berm that is designed to protect many of the homes.

Earlier this year the Corps made a preliminary design, but Clark County officials did not want to take financial responsibility for something that would be built by another agency.

The structure is designed to help divert rain flows and debris running off the side of the mountain away from the Rainbow subdivision and mitigate damages to the neighborhood and to critical infrastructure until native
vegetation can re-establish itself. The fire last summer destroyed vegetation over nearly 28,000 acres and may take up to 7 years to become re-established.

Once the team completes its survey to see if any of the on-site features requires a change to the design because of a July 28 flooding event, the district will continue through an accelerated review process and on to
final plans and specs prior to construction.

District members are working with the U.S. Forest Service and the state to expedite completion of the project.

Construction on the berm and diversion channel should begin in early October with completion planned in 30 days.
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