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Updated: 6/13 3:50 pm

LAS VEGAS -- Rainfall in Las Vegas can drop a lot of water quickly, and sometimes our valley floods.

On Thursday, the Regional Flood Control District board approved a ten year plan to better control the flow of water.

Flood water rises quickly in the Oakey Meadows area along Decatur. a slight decline in the road gives way to water accumulating; a very scary situation for a law firm right there. Employee Jenn Stephens says they have to leave work right away to avoid danger.

"It's literally down to one lane and as soon as the water rises, it's down to one lane and if you're not paying attention, because it's a turn right here, you don't really see it," Stephens said.

That's why the Regional Flood Control District has been busy expanding an underground storm drain. It's about 90 percent finished.

"It's the third and final phase of the Oakey/Meadow system. This is a major storm drain that will be constructed in Decatur between Charleston and Sahara," said Regional Flood Control District Assistant General Manager Steve Parrish.

He says the final phase would cost about 11 million dollars funded from sales tax money.

Meanwhile, out near the Henderson Executive Airport and the Pittman Wash, a detention basin is being built to help control water in that part of valley.

"That will capture a sizable amount of flow coming out of the mountains from the south," Parrish said.

This project is an estimated $16-million, and may be finished next year.

And an increasing inflow of sales tax revenue since the economy spiraled in 2010, is helping to pay for these projects. There are more than two dozen flood control projects in the works from Laughlin to Mesquite.

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